A man has been shot dead by police and several people were injured after a confirmed terror attack in London Bridge this afternoon. Scotland Yard and City of London Police swooped into the area after multiple people were stabbed in a building on the north side of the bridge. Footage shows some victims being carried out on makeshift stretchers and a couple of people who were walking wounded. Images also show the moment armed police surrounded the knifeman and shooting him. It later emerged that there were fears he was wearing a suicide vest, but this was later found to be a hoax. Police have also confirmed that it is a terror attack. Witnesses have been praised for stepping in to help 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.
She then heard someone shout ‘move back’ before hearing two gunshots, after which she ran away. She said police arrived within a minute and blocked off the area. 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 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. Chris Fleming, who was in London Bridge hospital 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.
People were evacuated from nearby Borough Market (Picture: eyevine) American tourist Jacob Press, 25 from Washington DC 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.’ People were seen running Borough Market (Picture: PA) Areas surrounding London Bridge and Borough Market have been evacuated (Picture: PA) People flee Borough Market after police incident with ‘gunshots’ Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:10 Fullscreen 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.’ Witnesses sat on a bus at London Bridge saw armed police approaching a man on the floor (Picture: @AmandaHunter87) The incident happened near to the north end of London Bridge, towards Old Billingsgate (Picture: Metro.co.uk) Incident at London Bridge as ‘gunshots’ heard Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:19 Fullscreen She said other onlookers reported seeing ‘armed police on the bridge shoot’ a suspect. ‘There is a lorry jack-knifed on the bridge, but I don’t know how that is connected,’ she added. BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gun shots. He said: ‘Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge. ‘There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.’ London Ambulance Service said in a statement: ‘We have now declared a major incident and have a number of crews at the scene in London Bridge. ‘We will share more information as soon as we have it.’ Police at the scene (Picture: PA) Police on the scene at London Bridge (Picture: SWNS) 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.