London Bridge latest: Man shot by police in incident being treated as 'terror-related'

A man has been shot by police at London Bridge, it has been confirmed, and the incident is being treated as ‘terror-related’.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 29th November 2019, 3:51 pm
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 3:52 pm

Emergency services were called just before 2pm today, Friday, November 29, to reports of a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

The Metropolitan Police said a number of people are believed to have been injured, and a man had been shot by police.

Tweeting at around 3.30pm, the force said: “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.

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Police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

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“One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.”

London Bridge was closed in both directions following the incident and there are reports of long delays in both directions on Tower Bridge Road and on Southwark Bridge Road.

Police have asked people to ‘use common sense and restraint’ in circulating photos and videos of the incident.

There are reports that a man carrying a knife was shot dead by police but this has not been confirmed.

Witnesses have told how they heard up to 10 gunshots and people were sent flying in panic.

One video shared on 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.

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 on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man."

Political commentator Owen Jones tweeted: "I'm near London Bridge, looks like a bad incident - people running, police yelling 'keep moving', lots of emergency services, area cordoned off. Stay safe everyone.