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The police had earlier said that given the nature of the reports, they had responded as if the incident is "terrorist related".

Oxford Circus is one of the British capital's most popular retail streets and many would have been finishing work to enjoy their Friday nights or Christmas shopping.

London's Metropolitan Police were responding to reports of shots fired at the Oxford Circus tube station on Friday. "Avoid area if possible". "At this stage police have not located any casualties", London's Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

"The station is now closed, please avoid the area at this time", BTP said on Twitter.

This includes the Royal Variety Performance at the nearby London Palladium going ahead as planned, although the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been delayed.

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"Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police".

There have been reports of people running away from the station and seeking safety in shops and office buildings, after being advised to do so by police.

Transit authorities say the station has been evacuated and trains are not stopping there.

"People said they heard a gunshot and panic was just spreading".

He added: "The police service acted extremely quickly and efficiently to secure and lockdown the area, demonstrating how incredibly well prepared they are to respond". Local residents said heavy police presence could be seen.

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