Two hand them­selves in over Ox­ford Cir­cus drama

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

TWO men have handed them­selves in to po­lice over an in­ci­dent that sparked a mass evac­u­a­tion at Ox­ford Cir­cus Tube sta­tion.

Sev­eral peo­ple were in­jured and nine were taken to hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing one with leg in­juries, after panic erupted in the packed sta­tion on Fri­day.

Armed po­lice raced to Ox­ford Cir­cus Tube sta­tion and Ox­ford Street after re­ceiv­ing 999 calls re­port­ing that shots had been fired.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said the in­ci­dent is be­lieved to have started when an al­ter­ca­tion erupted be­tween two men on the plat­form.

The force said two men, aged 21 and 40, at­tended a po­lice sta­tion vol­un­tar­ily and were in­ter­viewed, fol­low­ing an ap­peal.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Martin Fry said: “I would like to thank the pub­lic and the me­dia for as­sist­ing us with this wit­ness ap­peal.”

There was panic among rush- hour com­muters and Black Fri­day shop­pers in cen­tral Lon­don after po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of shots fired.

Stu­art Crich­ton, Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice as­sis­tant director of op­er­a­tions, said: “We checked over and treated sev­eral pa­tients who sus­tained in­juries while leav­ing the Ox­ford Cir­cus area.

“We dis­charged seven pa­tients at the scene and took eight pa­tients to two cen­tral Lon­don hos­pi­tals for mi­nor in­juries. We also took one pa­tient to a ma­jor trauma cen­tre for leg in­juries.”

Around 90 min­utes after responding, po­lice said there was no ev­i­dence of any shots, ca­su­al­ties or sus­pects.

The sta­tion was re­opened, cor­dons re­moved and the area re­turned to nor­mal, with the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance at the nearby Lon­don Pal­la­dium go­ing ahead as planned.

Ox­ford Cir­cus on Fri­day evening

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