Police confirm they're currently treating the London Bridge incident as terror-related

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is currently treating this afternoon's incident at London Bridge, in which a man was shot by police, as terror-related.

Police were called to the scene towards the north bank of London Bridge at 1:58pm today, following reports of a stabbing. When emergency services attended, a man was shot. Videos circulating on social media show the suspect being held down by a group of non-uniformed men, before armed police took over.

The Met has confirmed on Twitter that, while the circumstances relating to the incident remain unclear at the moment, "as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related."

The force confirmed one man has been shot by police, and that he has been detained. "We will provide further information when possible," the tweet added.

The London Ambulance Service has declared a major incident, adding that "a number of crews" were on the scene in London Bridge. London Bridge station has been closed in both directions, with no trains stopping there for the foreseeable future.

Eyewitness reports describe the area being cordoned off, while various nearby buildings remain on lockdown as the incident unfolds.

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BBC reporter John McManus happened to be on the other side of the bridge as the events took place. He told BBC News: "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.

"Police then quickly arrived, including armed police, and then a number of shots were fired at this man."

Scotland Yard confirmed said in a statement: "We believe a number of people have been injured." Details have not been confirmed as of yet.

Images shared online show a white lorry cutting across the lanes of the bridge. It hasn't yet been confirmed whether this has anything to do with the incident or not.

The Metropolitan Police has warned people against sharing graphic footage of the scene on social media. In a tweet, the force said: Please use common sense and restraint in circulating pictures and videos of the #LondonBridge incident. Help us keep you safe."

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