Witness Footage And What We Know So Far About The Incident At London Bridge
The London Bridge station in the centre of London has been evacuated after a van mounted the pavement and drove into a crowd of people. The London Metropolitan Police confirmed it had received several reports of a car mowing down pedestrians at the busy train station, and London Bridge, along with nearby stations Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street have now all been closed down.
As time passes, more information will about the ongoing police investigation in the centre of London, and on the internet, there are several eyewitness reports, as well as footage, on this vehicular incident at London Bridge. Here is what is known so far.
At 10:28 pm BST, the Twitter account of the London Metropolitan Police confirmed they were investigating a disturbance at London Bridge. According to eyewitness reports, a white van driven by a man mounted the pavement, potentially hitting as many as 20 people. The BBC’s Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time, suspected the vehicle was “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour”.
“A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered off the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement. He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind. I’d say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment.”
— Darren Oatway (@DarrenOatway) June 3, 2017
Speaking on Sky News, Will Heaven, who is a journalist for the Spectator Magazine, spoke of what he saw at 10:10 pm. Heaven was in an Uber cab when he and his driver noticed a crowd gathering at London Bridge.
“Suddenly on the left hand side on the bridge there was somebody down on the pavement with a small crowd around them, clearly concerned. I thought someone had collapsed. We drove a little further over the bridge. There was another person in the road itself. The penny dropped that something quite serious was happening. The traffic came to a standstill. The Uber driver said something bad is happening here. We could hear sirens coming.”
British Transport Police have also reported that a knife was also possibly involved, potentially at the Southwark Tavern pub, and London Ambulance services are scrambling to attend to those injured, with around. They tweeted: Multiple resources attending an incident at #LondonBridge, please avoid the area”. Police have been attempting to attend to the wounded, and reportedly told people nearby to run away “as fast as they could” from the scene.
Across London, footage of the public reacting to the van incident is emerging online. Bars have been stormed by police officers and urged to “get down”.
Several eyewitnesses have also reported that there were shots fired during the incident, pointing to a conflict that has not yet been resolved. Former serviceman Tony Murphy initially mistook the noises for fireworks from his flat on Upper Thames Street, but then recognised the noise as “it was significant gunfire”.