London: Oxford Street store evacuated after reports of knifeman

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Armed police descended on a store on Oxford Street this afternoon after reports of a man with a knife.

Shoppers panicked as Marks & Spencer in central London was evacuated on Thursday.

But there are no reports of any victims and the store is now reopening.

The Metropolitan Police say no arrests have been made and an investigation has been launched.

One shopper told she was inside M&S when a man started ‘shouting something like “don’t lose your life today”‘.

She said: ‘Quite honestly my heart completely dropped and I just started running and had my mum behind.

‘Then, about five or so minutes later, police vans started to show up.’

Another person on the scene said armed police were ‘all over the place’ after a fight allegedly took place in front of the store.

One shopper said there were armed police ‘all over the place’ (Picture: Stephen Chung/LNP)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 18/11/2021. LONDON, UK. Armed police respond to an incident at Marks & Spencer, The Pantheon, on Oxford Street. A cordon has been placed around the store and there is a report that a man was seen inside the store carrying a knife causing panic amongst shoppers. Photo credit: Stephen Chung/LNP

Another person on the scene said her ‘heart dropped’ (Picture: Stephen Chung/LNP)

Oxford Street store evacuated after reports of knifeman

The store has since reopened (Picture: Faisal Amjad)

Police confirmed a store had been evacuated ‘as a precaution’ in a statement earlier.

A second statement said: ‘Police are now leaving the shop in Oxford Street, which is reopening.

‘There are no reported injuries and no arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances.’ has contacted M&S for comment.

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