Prime minister returns to No.10 Downing Street

Sebastian Payne writes:

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, is en route back to his residence No.10 Downing Street from his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in west London, his spokesperson said, and he will receive further updates on the London Bridge incident.

Police cordon off area round London Bridge

One man shot, treating incident as if terror related, police say

The Metropolitan Police have said that one man has been shot by police, adding that circumstances relating to the incident remain “unclear”.

The police are responding to it as though it is terror related, they say.

Here’s their tweet:

Prime minister thanks emergency services

Boris Johnson thanks the police and other emergency services for their response:

Patel praises rapid response from police

Priti Patel, home secretary, has tweeted:

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.

Scenes from the Thames as incident unfolds

Double-decker bus on London Bridge

Tory party sends message to campaigners

Jim Pickard reports:

I am told that CCHQ has messaged all Tory candidates and asked them to pass on this message to their campaigners:

Please be mindful there is an incident unfolding on London Bridge right now and we would like to be restrained on social media.

What we know so far

• The Metropolitan Police said officers were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

• Witnesses said they heard multiple shots. At least one bus had a shattered back window.

• The Met said a man has been detained.

• Several people are thought to have been injured, its statement added.

Witnesses share footage on social media

A video posted by @wolfgangert on Twitter shows what appears to be police tackling a suspect.

London Bridge cordoned off in chaotic scenes

The whole of London Bridge is cordoned off as ambulances and police cars, sirens wailing, race down Cannon Street towards the scene, writes Naomi Rovnick.

Officers are shouting: “Get off the road let the ambulance through”. In the past two minutes, five ambulances have sped through the cordon. Nine police vans have congregated at the northern entrance to the bridge.

The police cordon disrupted City workers trying to access office and shops.

Workers at the Regus building at the top of the bridge were evacuated at around 2:20pm. “I heard no shots but I saw a group of pedestrians running,” said Louise, who works in the Regus building.

Temi Olanipekun, who works at Waitrose near London Bridge, said she was unable to get to the store to start work. “I wanted to show my face so they know I came to work,” she said.

The scene from Cannon Street on the north bank of the Thames in the City of London:

Police say they were called to a stabbing just before 2pm

The Metropolitan Police said in a tweet they were called to a stabbing. Here is their tweet:

Please follow their Twitter account for updates.

Police advise public to avoid London Bridge area

Police officers are telling members of the public to avoid the entire London Bridge area, as far as Bank, reports Philip Georgiadis.

Officers have begun sealing off the rabbit warren of roads and pedestrian accesses to London Bridge with tape, with further police cars moving into the area. Several ambulances are near the corner of London Bridge and a fire engine and several unmarked police cars have just moved through towards the intersection of London Bridge north side and Monument station.

London Bridge links the areas of the City of London Police, which covers the City, and the Metropolitan Police, which polices the rest of Greater London, writes Robert Wright.

The City police force wrote on Twitter that they were “aware” of the “reported incident”.

“Please avoid the area at this current time,” they wrote.

The bridge was one of the scenes of a terror attack in June 2017, in which three Islamist extremists killed eight people, first by driving a van along the pavement on London Bridge and then by stabbing people in nearby Borough Market.

London Bridge sealed off and police evacuating area

Police have sealed off London Bridge and approaches to it, including the Thames path and Upper Thames Street, writes Philip Georgiadis.

Two police helicopters are circling above and one police boat is in the water below the bridge. A line of London buses have stopped on the bridge.

Police are pushing people further down the Thames path away from the bridge.

Ben Middleton is on the Thames path with me. He was evacuated from a nearby building on to the path.

“People were coming off the bridge, down steps in a panic,” said Mr Middleton. “Police officers were pushing people back.”

We had been hearing quite a lot of what sounded like gunfire. A gap of two or three minutes in between.

The gunfire was heard at about 2.05pm local time.

Multiple gunshots were heard, reports Philip Stafford at London Bridge and police were evacuating the area.

Police ‘in early stages’ of dealing with incident on London Bridge

London’s Metropolitan Police has said it is “in the early stages” of dealing with an incident on London Bridge in central London after reports that gunshots had been fired, writes Robert Wright.

The force made the statement as pictures on social media showed a heavy police presence on the bridge, which links the City of London financial district and Borough, to the south of the River Thames.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said they had seen officers grappling with and detaining a man.

It was unclear whether anyone had been injured in the incident or what the apparent attacker’s motive might have been.

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