Police responded to an incident in central London on Saturday night following a report a van has hit a number of pedestrians on London Bridge. The Met Police has confirmed they responded to reports of stabbings in nearby Borough Market, and there were reports of gunfire. The Prime Minister confirmed the incident is being treated as an act of terrorism.
At 2208hrs British Summer Time (BST), Metropolitan Police officers responded to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians.
Witnesses have said a white van mounted the pavement and ran over pedestrians.
There are reports there are armed police at the scene, and about five people are being treated for their injuries after being hit by the vehicle.
BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time of the incident, said the van was driven by a man and was “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour”.
Ms. Jones said the van, which was travelling from the direction of central London, headed towards the south side of the river.
She later reported seeing a man being arrested by police. She said he was handcuffed and had his shirt off.
An eyewitness told Sky News he saw people who seemed to have been run over and people being placed in an ambulance covered in blankets.
A nearby railway station has been closed and police are advising people to stay away from the area.
01:25 BST – Air Ambulance emergency services, SAS deployed
Emergency services have confirmed an advanced trauma unit from the Air Ambulance has been dispatched to the scene
Our latest statement about #LondonBridge incident. We’ve sent a number of resources to scene & more info will follow https://t.co/hCiKVCBrnb pic.twitter.com/nCoIPoXCrV
There is also speculation that the SAS has been deployed.
01:15 BST – Telegraph reports assailant shouted “this is for Allah”
The Telegraph has reported that an eye witness on London Bridge told the BBC he saw three men stabbing people indiscriminately, shouting “this is for Allah”.
01:00 BST – Reuters reporting witness saw people having their throats cut
Reuters is reporting that a person who was on London Bridge after an incident on Saturday told a Reuters reporter that she saw three people who appeared to have their throats cut.
00:45 BST – The incident is ongoing and members of the public are being advised to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market areas
Pls continue to avoid #LondonBridge #BoroughMarket to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incidents
Marine 2 and Marine 3 are part of the response to the #London Bridge incident. Working with @RNLI lifeboats to evacuate the public.
— MPSonthewater (@MPSonthewater) June 3, 2017
00:25 BST – Prime Minister to chair COBRA, confirms incident being treated as “potential act of terrorism” reaction from U.S. President Donald Trump
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the crisis response committee COBRA on Sunday morning.
She said that the “terrible incident” in London is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism”.
Ms. May said: “Following updates from police and security officials, I can fconfirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.
“This is a fast moving investigation. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events.”
U.S. President Donald J. Trump has voiced his support for the Britain at this time.
Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!
Downing Street: Theresa May "in contact with officials"; US President Donald Trump briefed on #LondonBridge incident https://t.co/EAkjGxcMkf
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 3, 2017
00:15 BST – Vauxhall area cleared, station reopened
Police have confirmed that Vauxhall Station has reopened.
23:50 BST – Met Police advise people to “Run, Hide, Tell”
Police have issued safety guidelines for people in the area. Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are responding to incidenst in London Bridge, nearby Borough Market, and Vauxhall.
23:45 BST – Met Police confirm reports of stabbings in Borough Market near London Bridge
Metropolitan Police confirmed they are responding to reports of stabbings and shots have been fired. Officers are now also responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area, south of the Thames.
Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in #BoroughMarket. Armed officers responded and shots have been fired. 2/3
Officers are now responding to an incident in the #Vauxhall area. 3/3
23:30 BST – Downing Street confirms PM in contact with officials
Downing Street said: “The prime minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated on the incident at London Bridge.”
23:26 BST – Met Police confirm they are responding to an incident in nearby Borough Market
Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are also responding to an incident in Borough Market. Armed police are at the scene.
As well as #LondonBridge officers have also responsed to an incident in #BoroughMarket. We have armed police at the scenes.
London Bridge and Borough stations closed due to ongoing incident. Please avoid area.
Images from the scene also show multiple police vehicles attending.
23:00 BST – video footage from inside a nearby restaurant, armed police entering
Video footage from inside a restaurant in the area close to the attack appears to show patrons being advised to get down on the floor should armed police enter, later patrons are advised to get down by armed officers.
BREAKING: several London police officers enter bar at London Bridge telling people to get down ##Londonbridge pic.twitter.com/D6ENve8GZS
— Footballgossiphq (@footballgossiph) June 3, 2017
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