The Met police have confirmed they received reports of shots fired on Oxford Street this afternoon, as they were called to an incident at 16:38.
However they have since tweeted that there is "no evidence" of shots being fired, after armed officers attended the scene. Stations in the area, including Oxford Circus and Bond Street, are now being reopened.
Additional officers remain on duty in the West End to reassure the public. We thank the public for their patience and assistance during our response. If you see anything suspicious dial 999 immediately #OxfordStreet— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
The Met had said, earlier this afternoon, that officers were responding "as if the incident is terrorist related".
The British Transport Police (BTP) said that they had only received reports of one minor injury, sustained by a woman as she was leaving Oxford Circus Station.
At this stage, we have received one report of a woman sustaining a minor injury when leaving Oxford Circus station. There are no other reported casualties. More updates to follow.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
Oxford Street Underground station was evacuated, according to BTP, with reports on Twitter of shoppers on Oxford Street running for cover.
Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station. Officers are on scene, more information when we get it. Follow @BTP for updates.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
The Met police asked people to stay away from the area while they dealt with the incident, and told those on Oxford Street to seek cover in a building.
If you are on Oxford Street go into a building. Officers are on scene and dealing. More info when we can— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
Twitter users reported being locked in shops for their safety "until the incident is under control".
We have been locked in Zara Oxford circus until “the situation is under control” - said an announcement after people panicked and ran for cover into the changing rooms— Chi Chi Izundu (@blondeafro) November 24, 2017
An eyewitness told City A.M. that armed police on the scene were ushering people away from Oxford Circus.