BREAKING: ‘Van ploughs into 15-20 people’ on London Bridge
ARMED police have swooped on London Bridge after a car reportedly ploughed into dozens of people.
‘Potential act of terrorism’ – Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May has said the “terrible incident” in London is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism”.
She will chair the government’s emergency committee COBRA on Sunday morning.
Recap for those joining us – what we know so far.
Here’s a recap of what we know so far:
-Police confirm there is more than one fatality
-Reports suggest there is more than one incident
-First, a white van hits pedestrians at London Bridge at about 22:15
-A short time later there are reports of men carrying knives at Borough Market. Armed -officers responded and shots were fired
-A third incident is taking place at Vauxhall, Scotland Yard says
Prime minister on her way to Downing Street
Prime Minister Theresa May is now on her way to Downing Street to receive further briefings from security officials.
Attacker stabbing people with long knife – eyewitness
A security guard who oversees a number of pubs in the area has told the BBC he saw four people stabbed by three attackers.
The man, who was deeply shocked and asked not to be named, said he was at the Market Porter pub when a colleague at another bar said there was a stabbing at the Borough Bistro pub nearby.
He said he went towards this pub and saw that “everybody started running” and there was screaming.
The eyewitness added that he saw three attackers, one of whom had a long knife and stabbing people, including a girl in her early 20s.
The Shard and the Globe evacuated
The incidents have taken place in the heart of a popular area of the city for tourists.
Armed police have evacuated the Shard, the Globe and businesses in a mile radius of the scene.
Police looking for three men – reports
The BBC’s Nick Quraishi at the scene says he is now able to corroborate earlier reports of gunshots being fired.
Reports suggest it may have been more than one incident:
- A van hitting people at London Bridge and three people then jumping out of the vehicle and attacking members of the public;
- A separate incident at Borough Market
- Police have now said they are responding to a third incident in Vauxhall
It is understood that police are looking for three suspects who may be armed.
Confirmed 3rd incident:
‘No warning’ this was about to happen
Whitehall officials say the police are leading on this incident, not intelligence agencies.
It appears to have taken the authorities by surprise, i.e. there was no intelligence warning or surveillance indicating this was about to happen.
Reports say that incident is still ongoing – police tell people in local bars and restaurants to get on the floor
Police have been entering bars and restaurants in the area and telling customers to get down on the floor amid reports that the incident is still ongoing. London Bridge is closed both ways Transport for London (TfL) said, warning the public to avoid the area. Trains are currently not stopping at London Bridge or Borough stations.
Scotland Yard said officers were at the scene and it would update with further information.
London Ambulance said multiple resources were attending the area.
Police are searching for three suspects – reports
Police are now searching for three suspects, a BBC reporter at the scene says.
He says there are also reports that some people have been stabbed.
The priority for the police is now to get people – many whom where enjoying a nightout in central London – out of the area.
The police cordon is being moved further and further out, our reporter adds.
“Significant” gunfire reported and up to six shots fired near the Shard
There are now reports of” five or six shots” fired or explosions of some kind from witnesses on Southwark Street, about 300 yards from the Shard.
“The sense I’m getting is that this is not a situation that is over,” LBC’s reporter on ground has said. “This is still an incident that is very much ongoing”.
Update: There was an incident on the London Bridge where a car was seen traveling at a high rate of speed and running over people. There are conflicting reports of how many suspects there are but anywhere from 1-3 suspects got out of the van and started stabbing people. Multiple people are injured. No known number is official. Casualties are also reported but not confirmed.
Update: There are also reports from nearby stores/cafes of suspects entering them and stabbing/shooting people. Still unconfirmed. We are working to confirm all reports. Stay with us. Please keep those affected in your thoughts. Stay safe.
People at the scene have claimed the incident is a “terrorist attack”.
Reporters have seen people fleeing the area and running away from the bridge in tears.
Witnesses claim to have seen a speeding white van veering into pedestrians.
And Twitter users have suggested seeing “bodies” strewn across the iconic landmark.
London’s transport authority said London Bridge station had been closed at the request of the police.
And the Metropolitan Police say officers responded to an incident at Borough Market nearby.
Emergency helicopters, ambulances and police cars have all been sighted in the area.
One terrified woman said she was at a restaurant and police swarmed on the area.
She said police were shooting. “We had to run. There was loads of shooting.”
Will Heaven of The Spectator claims to have seen two casualties – one on the pavement, one on the edge of the road.
Several restaurants and hotels in the vicinity have reportedly been evacuated.
It comes just two months after a terrorist mowed down pedestrians at Westminster Bridge before stabbing an unarmed cop. Five victims were killed in the attack.
The Met Police tweeted tonight: “We are dealing with an incident on LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed.”
“Officers are on the scene at London Bridge.”
The London Ambulance Service tweeted: “Multiple resources attending an incident at LondonBridge, please avoid the area. Only call 999 in an emergency.”
Witnesses at the scene have claimed the incident occurred on the southside of the bridge.