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Chaotic scenes on London’s Oxford Street as reports of ‘man with gun’ leads to outbreaks of looting

ARMED police rushed to a London tourist hotspot after reports of a man with a gun caused chaos at Oxford Street. 

Officers were called after receiving reports of a gunman on the busy street in Westminster, central London. 

Cops were unable to find the gunman, and reported that there were no injuries from the scene. 

Huge crowds of people flocked to the large crime scene, with dozens of emergency services attending.

Eyewitnesses claim that gangs of shoppers attempted to break into a sweet shop and began looting. 

Multiple people were arrested on the scene on suspicion of affray and taken into custody by officers. 

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police called 21:30hrs to report of a man with a firearm in Oxford Street, Westminster. 

“Specialist firearms officers deployed immediately & conducted extensive area searches. No suspects located. No reports of any injuries.

“A large crowd gathered at the scene, resulting in some small outbreaks of disorder. A number of people were arrested on suspicion of affray & taken into custody.

“Officers remain on scene.”

It comes after a man was stabbed to death in a “random and unprovoked” attack in broad daylight at the popular tourist location in July. 

Stephen Dempsey, 60, was attacked outside the Microsoft store in Oxford Circus on 1 July and died in hospital after being stabbed in the heart.

A 26-year-old man from Swansea has been charged with murdering a man who was stabbed to death in central London.

Tedi Fanta Hagos, 26, from Swansea has been charged with his murder, and possessing an offensive weapon.

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