Shopper ‘stampede’ after false shots reports

A woman has been injured in a fall after false reports of gunfire on Oxford Street on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Armed police as well as regular local officers were scrambled to the scene in central London after reports of “shots heard” at 4.50pm, Scotland Yard said.

The incident appeared to centre on the House of Fraser department store, where one large window pane facing on to the pavement was broken.

A general view of House of Fraser on Oxford Street, London, following an earlier incident.

Image: House of Fraser on Oxford Street

Police said: “There is nothing to indicate that shots have been fired or any criminal offences have occurred.

“A woman has received non-life threatening injuries as a result of a fall.”

One bystander, Julia Dixon, wrote on Twitter: “Craziness in House of Fraser, Oxford Street, never been in a stampede before.”

It is the second time in recent weeks that armed police have been called to Oxford Street as a result of a gunshot scare on a busy shopping day.

On 24 November – Black Friday – many shoppers fled in panic after reports of shots fired and armed police searched Oxford Circus Tube station and various stores.

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Several people were injured during that incident, with witnesses describing “stampedes” and “pandemonium”.

Police found no evidence of any shooting.