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Oxford Circus panic: Pair released after police questioning

26 Novembre 2017

Two men who were questioned by Metropolitan Police following an altercation which sparked chaos in the heart of London's West End on Friday have been released without charge. Both were interviewed by police. "They have not been arrested or charged". The Oxford Circus area, one of the busiest shopping zones in the heart of the city, was placed under temporary lockdown after police received reports of shots being fired.

Witnesses said two men "bumped" into each other before "several punches" were thrown on the westbound platform at Oxford Circus.

Sixteen people were treated for injuries following the incident, with one person taken to a trauma centre for leg injuries.

But about 90 minutes after responding, police said there was no evidence of any shots, casualties or suspects.

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The public response to the altercation, fueled by unfounded social media posts about gunfire, indicated that Londoners remain on edge after a year marred by numerous extremist attacks.

Armed police were sent to the scene amid fears it could have been a terrorist attack.

British Transport Police had released photos of the two men on Friday night and appealed for information about the incident.

The singer Olly Murs contributed to the confusion by tweeting about gunfire at the famous Selfridges department store on Oxford Street.

Oxford Circus panic: Pair released after police questioning