London’s fake terror scare
CELEBRITIES were accused of sparking hysteria last night by spreading “fake news” during a terror scare.
Terrified crowds fled London’s busiest shopping district after false reports of gunfire and a terrorist on the loose. Police initially responded as if the incident at Oxford Circus Tube station was terror related, while shoppers looking for Black Friday bargains in Oxford Street were reduced to panic by rumours spread on social media.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan criticised Olly Murs and Russell Brand for “stirring up extra needless panic” by posting on social media live from the scene.
Singer Murs, who had been shopping in Selfridges, told his 8 million followers: ‘F*** everyone get out of Selfridges now gun shots!! I’m inside. Really not sure what’s happened... but people screaming and running towards exits!’
Morgan told Murs to “stop tweeting’ reports of panic”. The X-Factor runner-up replied: “Listen piers! I was shopping and then all of sudden the whole place went mad, I mean crazy people running & screaming towards exits. People were saying there was shots fired. “
Morgan responded: “No. You listen, Olly. When you have millions of followers be very careful what you tweet. There were no shots, in fact nothing happened at all. Leave it to the police next time.”
Police said they had found no evidence that shots had been fired. – Daily Mail