A man has been detained by police and several people injured after gunshots were heard on London Bridge. The Metropolitan Police said it is responding to the incident ‘as though it is terror-related’ as a precaution and confirmed that one man was shot by police. Several other people have been stabbed, the police said. Footage on social media appeared to show the moment armed officers surrounded a person on the ground before firing a weapon.
Members of the public have been praised for helping police to detain the suspect, including a man who appears to remove a large knife from the scene. Reem Yousef told Metro.co.uk she was directly below the bridge when she heard a fight break out at around 2pm between several people. Man ‘shot’ by police on London Bridge after having knife taken off him.
The Met said it was called at 1.58pm to a stabbing near to London Bridge. It is believed the stabbing may have begun inside Fishmongers’ Hall on the north side of the bridge, which is often used for events. The Met said: ‘A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured.’ British Transport Police said London Bridge station has been closed. Police stand over body on London Bridge.
Police could be seen ushering people away from the northern end of the bridge, close to Monument station. Cars and buses on the busy bridge were at a standstill, with a white truck stopped diagonally across the lanes. Videos and pictures posted to social media showed police cars on the bridge as the sound of sirens could be heard.
pital at the time, told Metro.co.uk: ‘I arrived at the hospital to pick up my wife. As I signed in the receptionist took a call telling her the hospital would be locked down. ‘As I arrived at my wife’s room she asked had I heard shooting. She said therefore about 10 shots. Then at that point there were about 10 more. ‘We looked out the window and could see people running on the embankment below the bridge.’ He said the hospital was placed on lockdown with nobody allowed to go in or out.
American tourist Jacob Press, 25 from Washington D.C. said he only got to London yesterday but will be going home tomorrow. He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I couldn’t see what was going on so I started walking closer to it, the cars had stopped, and as soon as I had gotten within 100 feet of that building maybe 200 feet of that building is when I heard a lot of the gun shots, and then everyone just ran immediately across. ‘Like I said it sounded because of the echoing it sounded like it was coming from all over. ‘I just ran as fast as I could down to the stairs and then I was out of harms way. ‘I got to London yesterday from Europe but now I’m ready to go back home.’
He added: ‘Security was pushing us closer to the Christmas market, because we were so close to the bridge. ‘They kept pushing us and pushing us and I called my parents to tell them I was okay. Police in boats and police in helicopters were everywhere. ‘I was terrified. The echoing of the bullets scared the crap out of me.’ Witnesses said officers were shouting at people to move away from the area, with several people seen fleeing near to Borough Market. Bex Lewis told Metro.co.uk she was close to London Bridge Station when the incident happened. She said: ‘I was evacuated from Pret. The police here are pushing everyone as far back as they can. ‘Everyone is being evacuated from Borough Market.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was being kept updated on the incident. He said: ‘I want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.’ Home Secretary Priti Patel added she was ‘very concerned’. She said: ‘My thoughts are with all affected. I am grateful for the rapid response of our police and I urge everyone to follow their advice.’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London mayor Sadiq Khan also thanked the emergency services in messages online. ( Metro.co.uk )