London Bridge 'shooting': Reports suggest armed police shot knifeman

Armed police have reportedly shot a man armed with a knife at London Bridge.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 3:09 pm

The Metropolitan Police said it was called at 1.58pm today, Friday, November 29, to reports of a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

“Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and @CityPolice,” it added.

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Police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

“A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured. Further info to follow.”

There are reports that a man was shot dead after being seen carrying a knife, with witnesses telling how they heard up to 10 gunshots and people were sent flying in panic.

Police said: “We are aware of reports circulating on social media. We will release facts when we can - our info must be accurate.”

BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gun shots on London Bridge.

"Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge," he said.

"There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man."

Political commentator Owen Jones tweeted: "I'm near London Bridge, looks like a bad incident - people running, police yelling 'keep moving', lots of emergency services, area cordoned off. Stay safe everyone."

Police reportedly evacuated London Bridge station and the surrounding area, and a cordon was set up at Borough Market while nearby shops and businesses were evacuated.

One video shared on social media showed a man, apparently the suspect, grappling with some other men.

As he tried to get up from the floor, he then collapsed to the ground after being hit by what appeared to be gunfire.