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Armed police shot a man on London Bridge today in a shocking incident that has left one person dead and up to five more injured as Scotland Yard said they are treating it as ‘terror-related’. 

Up to five people were stabbed at Borough Market before the knife maniac ran onto London Bridge shortly after 2pm where dramatic video showed he was tackled to the ground by at least six heroic members to the public.

Seconds later police told people on top of the suspect to move away, before dragging the last bystander to safety and opening fire. Witnesses said they heard police shouting ‘stop moving’ twice before shooting at close range.

One of the bystanders was seen holding a knife which appeared to have been taken from the suspect. The suspect lay wounded on the ground, but still moving as officers backed away – clearly fearing they were still in danger.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘being kept updated’ as he abandoned campaigning and rushed back to Westminster from his Uxbridge constituency. It comes weeks after the UK’s terror threat level was downgraded.

The incident shortly before 2pm this afternoon is two and a half years after the horrifying terrorist attack on London Bridge in June 2017 which saw three men kill eight people and injure 48 others. 

While the episode unfolds this afternoon, hundreds of frightened bystanders look on and begin screaming and running for their lives as shots are fired.  Witnesses described a scene of panic around London Bridge.

Police this afternoon refused to say if the shot man had died, or if another person had been killed in the incident. A spokesman said: ‘We don’t know, and we’re not releasing any more information.’

Video filmed at the scene shows at least four people struggling with a man on London Bridge this afternoon

A man can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident today, which also saw a man lying on the ground

The eyewitness video appears to show a man on the pavement of the north-bound carriageway on the western side today

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge today as they respond to the incident

A person is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market near London Bridge this afternoon

People are evacuated from London Bridge in the capital this afternoon after a police incident

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

A police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after the incident today

One video showed what appeared to be police pulling equipment out of a vehicle nearby. Those in the video could be heard saying: ‘They’ve actually got guns out.’

Onlooker Zack Shooter said police almost knocked him over as they ran towards the incident, adding: ‘Then loads of cars with sirens all rushed past me at full speed.’   

PM abandons election campaign and rushes back to Downing Street

Boris Johnson interrupted his election campaign and rushed to Downing Street following today’s suspected terror attack which left one person dead and at least five injured.

The Prime Minister rushed back into Central London from his Uxbridge constituency following the drama in the heart of the capital.

His spokesman said he would be receiving ‘further updates’ on the unfolding incident. 

At the start of November the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded to ‘substantial’ from ‘severe’, meaning an attack was now ‘likely’ rather than ‘highly likely’.

There are five levels of terror threat, with the highest being ‘critical’ – meaning that an attack is highly likely and will come in the near future. After dropping from the second-highest tier, severe, the UK is now on the third rung of danger.

Police evacuated London Bridge station and the surrounding area. 

A cordon was set up at Borough Market while evacuation continued from shops and businesses.

The response from officers led scores of people to run down St Thomas’ Street. Police said they were treating the evacuation of the area surrounding Borough Market as a ‘major incident.’ 

Station staff at Monument claimed five people have been injured in the London Bridge knife attack. The Tube station has been closed off as armed police investigate.

Salih Tasdemir was at Kaplan International College when he saw videos of the attack on social media. 

‘Then I saw police outside and there was an alarm inside the college,’ the 17-year-old said. ‘Then the police were telling us to leave. People were running. I was really scared.’

Staff working for News UK, whose offices are by London Bridge station, reported being held in their building as police dealt with the incident.

Dan Wooton, executive editor at The Sun, tweeted: ‘Police dogs at work on London Bridge. We are currently in lockdown in the News building after advice for police.’  

A woman is carried away from the scene by police officers at London Bridge this afternoon

Armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London today after the incident on London Bridge

Armed police at the scene today after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at London Bridge

Police at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

People fleeing from Borough Market in London following a police incident this afternoon

Traffic is stopped and people are held behind a police cordon near Borough Market today

A man who works across the road from Borough Market said he had heard reports of a man with a knife who had been shot by police. ‘A lorry crossed over into both lanes and police were shooting at it from both sides,’ he said.

What happened in 2017’s London Bridge attack?

Eight people were killed and 48 seriously injured when terrorists struck on London Bridge two years ago.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing random members of the public around Borough Market.

Police with riot shields on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

The trio were armed with ceramic knives and had fake suicide belts strapped around their waists during the marauding attack on the evening of June 3 2017.

Unarmed police officers, medics and members of the public rushed to help save lives during the attackers’ rampage around Borough Market.

In less than 10 minutes, Butt, Redouane and Zaghba were shot dead after confronting armed officers in Stoney Street.

Emergency personnel on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

At an inquest at the Old Bailey earlier this year, a jury found that the three terrorists were lawfully killed.

A separate inquest concluded victims Xavier Thomas, 45, Chrissy Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were unlawfully killed.

‘Apparently there was an assailant with knife. They’ve taped past our office now and we can’t get in.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.’

Mr Johnson is returning from his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to Downing Street where he will get further information on the London Bridge incident.

‘PM on his way back to No 10 from his constituency where he will receive further updates on the London Bridge incident,’ the Prime Minister’s official spokesman messaged.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘Very concerned by ongoing incident at London Bridge. My thoughts are with all affected. I am grateful for the rapid response of our police and I urge everyone to follow their advice.’

Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: ‘Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding.’

Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo was murdered in a terror attack in Batley during the EU referendum campaign, tweeted: ‘Please no one on any side use this for party advantage. Let it be a moment where we genuinely come together and show that terrorism will not divide us.’

Former defence minister Tobias Ellwood, who helped tackle a terror attack outside Parliament in 2017, tweeted that today’s incident was a ‘stark reminder of the dangerous and diverse threats we continue to face but also of the incredible bravery and professionalism of our emergency services in so swiftly closing this incident down’.

A witness who was on a bus going over the bridge said she thought she saw a ‘stab vest or some sort of explosive vest’ worn by the person lying on the bridge.

Kirsten Jones told BBC News: ‘We thought it looked like there was a fight going on, people sort of tussling with each other, and then you realise it was police wrestling with one tall, bearded man.

‘I had my baby with me so I moved behind the stairwell to be safe, but then there was two shots, or two loud pops, I think, I think they were gun shots, two loud pops, and I also saw a dispensed taser and then the guy was lying on the floor.

‘He then pulled his coat back which showed that he had some sort of vest underneath, whether it’s a stab vest, or some sort of explosive vest, the police then really quickly moved backwards, away.

‘Of course on the bus, we’re panicking, we’re almost as close as the police to him, and he was sort of lying there pulling his coat backwards, and the police were shouting at him and staying back from him.’

Police officers guard outside Borough Market after an incident at London Bridge this afternoon

A Metropolitan Police armed response officer stands guard near Borough Market after today

People leave the area as armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London this afternoon

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in the capital

Members of the police and emergency services arriving at Monument Tube station in London today

A Metropolitan Police armedResponse officer stands guard near Borough Market after the incident today

One business owner said she had been crossing London Bridge to get to her shop on the north side when police officers stopped her.

She said that was when she heard at least five or six gunshots and said that her store has been evacuated.

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The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I was approaching London Bridge and a policeman would not let me through.

‘We heard shooting, it was about five or six shots, I heard five or six quite clearly. All my staff have been evacuated.’

A video emerged showing police officers aiming guns at a white lorry that jackknifed across London Bridge.

The footage shows several officers surrounding the vehicle before moving to the rear to check its container. London buses can be seen either side of the lorry while three police cars are parked next to it on the bridge.

A woman, third right, is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market in London today

Police officers close to a scene of the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

People leave the area near Borough Market after the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

The scene on London Bridge in the aftermath of the reported shooting in London today

Police at the scene on London Bridge as officers respond to reports of an incident

Witness Amanda Hunter, who was on a bus across the bridge when she heard shots fired, told BBC News: ‘(The bus) all of a sudden stopped and there was commotion and looked out the window and I just saw these three police officers going over to a man.

‘It seemed like there was something in his hand, I’m not 100 per cent sure, but then one of the police officers shot him.

‘We were stopped on a bus for only a minute or a minute-and-a-half, and then we were able to safely get off the bridge.’

Nurse Jackie Bensfield, 32, described how she asked to be let off a bus on London Bridge after she heard ‘five or six’ gunshots.

Ms Benfield, who was on her way home from work, said she exited the bus and ‘ran like hell’ to escape the shots.

Ms Bensfield, who was visibly shaken by the incident, said: ‘I just ran as fast as I could. Hearing gunshots and running from them is not really a good feeling. 

Metropolitan Police Armed Response officers gather near Borough Market after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

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Scotland Yard said officers are ‘dealing with an incident at London Bridge’ this afternoon

‘I was on the bus and there was a lot of traffic, but I remember it stopped. Then all of a sudden I see police officers yelling and people running off the bridge. I said ‘please let me out, please let me out.’ 

‘Then I just ran as fast as I could. ‘Pop pop pop’ that’s what it sounded like. Unfortunately I know what gunshots sound like.’

Connor Allen, who was in his van on the bridge when it was evacuated said: ‘Everyone just started running, you heard these pops and that was it. We just got out the van and started running.’

London Ambulance Service said it had declared a major incident.

A statement on Twitter said: ‘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.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge. Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and City of London Police.  

A white truck across part of London Bridge during the incident on the Bridge in Central London this afternoon

People running away from Borough Market in London after police told them to leave the area 

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Vehicles over London Bridge this afternoon as police confirm they are dealing with an incident

Emergency services vehicles are pictured dealing with an incident on London Bridge today

People running away from Borough Market in London after police tell to them to leave the area

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

The force added: ‘At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.

‘One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.’

‘We are aware of reports circulating on social media. We will release facts when we can – our info must be accurate.’

A witness who works in a stall in Borough Market, told how it looked like a minor incident at first. Laurence Verfaillie said: ‘I thought it was a car crash, it looked like it was pretty minor.

‘Suddenly a trader told me the ice cream seller on the bridge has run away yelling there has been an incident. Another trader said police were looking for someone.

‘Suddenly people were taking refuge in our shop before we got told to leave. We still think about what happened last time.’

Pub-goers were told by police to leave immediately and run as gunshots were heard in the London Bridge area.

Luke Redman, 25, was in the Monument pub with a full pint when officers entered.

Mr Redman, a data scientist said he heard ’12 or 15 (gunshots) in about 10 seconds,’ as he left the pub and ran down an alleyway to escape.

One video posted to 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. 

Police at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Police urged anyone near the scene today to ‘follow the directions of any officer on the ground’

Police are ‘in the early stages of dealing with an incident at London Bridge’, officers said

Another video filmed from a nearby bus showed the apparent suspect being shot as he lay on the ground. Another man in a suit and jacket could be seen running from him, having retrieved a large knife.

‘We just ran like hell’: City workers and tourists tell of stampede as terror returns to a crowded London Bridge for the second time in two years 

City workers and tourists have told of their panic as terror returned to a crowded London Bridge for the second time in two years today.   

Armed police shot a man on London Bridge today in an incident that has left one person dead and up to five people injured as the Met says it is treating it as ‘terror-related’. 

Many have described how they were told to leave the area by police, heard shots and saw people running for their lives as panicked Londoners fled Borough Market in a ‘stampede’ after gunshots were heard.

People flee the scene as emergency services respond to a shooting incident on London Bridge

Nurse Jackie Benfield, 32, described how she asked to be let off a bus on London Bridge after she heard ‘five or six’ gunshots.

Ms Benfield, who was on her way home from work, said she exited the bus and ‘ran like hell’ to escape the shots.

Connor Allen, who was in his van on the bridge when it was evacuated said: ‘Everyone just started running, you heard these pops and that was it. We just got out the van and started running.’

One business owner said she had been crossing London Bridge to get to her shop on the north side when police officers stopped her.

She said that was when she heard at least five or six gunshots and said that her store has been evacuated.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I was approaching London Bridge and a policeman would not let me through.

‘We heard shooting, it was about five or six shots, I heard five or six quite clearly.

‘All my staff have been evacuated.’ 

Mike King, a parish councillor at St Magnus-the-Martyr, a church near London Bridge, told BBC News that members of the public were directed into the church by police.

He said: ‘They were directed inside by police outside, directing people to go into the buildings nearby, as you know there are a number of offices near to us.

‘So everybody has been ushered into offices and buildings close by, we’ve had a number of people come in to see us.’

He added: ‘We heard a noise that I thought was firecrackers going off earlier on.’

A witness who works in a stall in Borough Market, said it looked like a minor incident at first.

Laurence Verfaillie said: ‘I thought it was a car crash, it looked like it was pretty minor.

‘Suddenly a trader told me the ice cream seller on the bridge has run away yelling there has been an incident.

‘Another trader said police were looking for someone.

‘Suddenly people were taking refuge in our shop before we got told to leave.

‘We still think about what happened last time.’

Kelby McNally, works in the Northern and Shell Building on Lower Thames Street near to London Bridge.

She said: ‘I was coming out of Pret on Eastcheap and there were loads of people just running, I thought it was a fire alarm or something, and then I saw two girls from my office who told me not to go back there.

‘I asked what had happened, and they said they had heard gunshots and now everyone is running.

‘City of London police officers and paramedics told us, ‘You need to go that way, do not go near London Bridge, run that way’.

‘Everyone was running, so then we came to where the Sky Garden building is and the security guards let everyone in. 

We’re sat in the foyer of this building, and everyone is running outside. Now everyone is being let out of this building but they’re saying you cannot walk back towards London Bridge, go towards Liverpool Street.’

Pub-goers were also told by police to leave immediately and run as gunshots were heard in the London Bridge area.

Luke Redman, 25, was in the Monument pub with a full pint when officers entered.

Mr Redman, a data scientist said he heard ’12 or 15 (gunshots) in about 10 seconds,’ as he left the pub and ran down an alleyway to escape. 

After at least two shots were heard, passengers could be heard screaming, with one shouting: ‘What the f***, they’ve killed him.’

A 31-year-old man who works in an office on Upper Thames Street, overlooking London Bridge, said he heard multiple gun shots coming from the bridge.

‘The first thing I saw was just police cars on the bridge and people were still walking around there. This was before all the armed police came in. Then there were loads of police and loads of gunshots.

‘The next thing I saw, about 10 or 15 minutes later, was a guy being dragged [by police], then later on I saw a woman being carried on a green sheet.

‘She was being carried by four police officers and one appeared to be talking to her.’

The witness said he said saw police ‘drag’ another man along the bridge.

‘When the guy was being dragged there was a man walking behind him who was topless and had blood on him,’ the witness said.

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 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. 

‘Police have now cleared the bridge, everybody has been told to move back and now on the northern side of the bridge, but there are more shots going on.

‘I can’t see what’s happening now because we’ve been moved out of the way but there are shots going on, and you probably hear the police sounds as well.

‘Everybody has cleared the area, the entire bridge has been moved, and right on the northern part of the bridge, right up until quite near the Bank of England, is being cleared.’  

‘There are more police coming into the area as I’m speaking, they’re telling people to clear, to move back,’ Mr McManus continued.

‘We’ve been moved back hundreds of metres back from the northern side of the bridge, and I can only assume the same has happened on the southern side of the bridge as well.’

The BBC correspondent said he could see a man lying on the ground but the situation was ‘ongoing’.

‘There appeared to be a fight going on on the bridge, from what I could see, several people tried to restrain a man and it was then that armed police arrived and they fired shots at this person,’ he said.

‘The last I could see before we were moving from the bridge was lying on the ground.

‘Since then, since we’ve been moved back, I’ve heard several more shots fired as well. So at this moment it seems to be a developing situation.’

On the picture on London Bridge, Mr McManus said: ‘It’s a busy, sunny Friday afternoon, with lots and lots of people out on the streets.

‘Many people going into London Bridge, which is a major train station for people travelling out to the south of London and to the south coast.

‘Of course, this is the business district, the City of London, so it’s incredibly busy here but right now all the traffic has come to a complete halt, the police ticker tape has gone up, there’s police cars everywhere.

‘I can see traffic being turned around to go back where it came from, because the whole of London Bridge, has now been sealed off and those armed police are on the bridge right now.’

Kelby McNally, OK! Online’s editor, works in the Northern and Shell Building on Lower Thames Street near to London Bridge.

She said: ‘I was coming out of Pret on Eastcheap and there were loads of people just running, I thought it was a fire alarm or something, and then I saw two girls from my office who told me not to go back there. I asked what had happened, and they said they had heard gunshots and now everyone is running.

‘City of London police officers and paramedics told us, ‘You need to go that way, do not go near London Bridge, run that way’.

‘Everyone was running, so then we came to where the Sky Garden building is and the security guards let everyone in. We’re sat in the foyer of this building, and everyone is running outside. 

‘Now everyone is being let out of this building but they’re saying you cannot walk back towards London Bridge, go towards Liverpool Street.’

British Transport Police said London Bridge station has been closed.

The force tweeted: ‘We are aware of an incident at London Bridge and are assisting our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police. 

‘London Bridge station is currently closed and trains are none stopping. Please check with the Metropolitan Police for further updates.’

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Barriers to stop vehicle attacks were put up after 2017 terror attacks as bridges were seen as soft target 

Security measures around Westminster and at locations including London Bridge were beefed up in the wake of the 2017 attacks – where today armed police shot a man following reports of a person brandishing a knife.

Barriers were put up within days of a terror incident at London Bridge and Borough Market in June 2017. Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, killed eight people and injured 48 others in the van and knife attack.    

The area, and other central London bridges, were seen as a soft target. After the attacks concern was raised over a lack of protection for pedestrians who were labelled ‘sitting ducks’ in the wake of the incident.

City of London Police only took action to protect the public ‘after the horse had bolted’ by erecting the barriers (pictured here on London Bridge just days after the terror attack) on eight bridges in six days, the hearing was told

The van used in the London Bridge attacks to mow down pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub

In the aftermath, tactics for armed officers were changed, with marksmen allowed to shoot at a vehicle used in such an attack. The number of armed patrols around the capital also increased. 

The terror attack came just months after Khalid Masood, 52, ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge in March 2017, in the first of five terrorist attacks in Britain during that year.

Concern had been raised over the possibility of attacks on Central London bridges, with a  police constable warning his bosses to install barriers on London Bridge weeks before eight people were murdered, an inquest into the terror attacks heard in June.

Terrorist Khuram Butt after he was shot by police in Borough Market in 2017. Butt and his fellow attacker strapped empty canisters to their waists to look like explosive devices 

Rachid Redouane (left) and Youssef Zaghba (right) killed eight in the terror attack on London Bridge in 2017

City of London Police only took action to protect the public ‘after the horse had bolted’ by erecting the barriers on eight bridges in six days after the London Bridge 2017 terror attack, the hearing was told.

Members of the public also contacted the authorities that owned London Bridge expressing their worries that the walkway was a ‘prime target’ after the Westminster attack. 

The inquest also heard how London Bridge was considered a ‘viable and attractive target’ for an attack using a vehicle as a weapon in a report submitted in the weeks before the terrorist attack that killed eight people. 

The report, by a private sector company for the City of London Police noted that the ‘location and layout’ of the bridge ‘lends itself to a ramming attack, with no physical barriers to prevent a vehicle mounting the pavement.

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

It suggested that a vehicle might crash almost exactly where it did on June 3 2017 and that the attackers might attack bystanders with a ‘bladed weapon’, just as they did.

A senior police officer revealed that they did not consider the attack on Westminster Bridge, three months earlier, as an attack on a bridge, even though four of the five victims had died there. The fifth, PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death at the Palace of Westminster.  

Today, with the security measures in place, a man has been shot by police near London Bridge in an incident which is being responded to ‘as though it is terror-related’, the Metropolitan Police said.

Footage on social media appeared to show armed officers surround a person on the ground before discharging a weapon, while a bystander appears to remove a large knife from the scene. 

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