Lon­don’s fake ter­ror scare

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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

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