London Bridge and Borough Market are 'terrorist incidents', according to Met Police

Theresa May is in contact with officials about the 'fast-moving' situation

Andrew Griffin
Sunday 04 June 2017 01:57 BST
Van hits pedestrians in London Bridge

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Two terror attacks have taken place in central London, according to the police.

The incidents in London Bridge and Borough Market are being treated as "terrorist incidents", according to Met Police.

A van is thought to have driven into people in London Bridge, where at least one fatality has been confirmed, and people have been reported stabbed in Borough Market. Authorities gave no further confirmation of what happened or why they were being referred to as terror incidents.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: "At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at London Bridge and BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents."

A stabbing at Vauxhall was unrelated, the force added.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was being updated by officials on the "fast-moving" situation, adding: "I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism."

She will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Sunday, Number 10 said.

Witnesses described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on the bridge, while video showed dozens of people with their hands on their heads escorted away from the scene by officers.

And in the popular food market in south London, witnesses said they saw a man with a large blade.

Nick Brandon of the BTP's force control room said he had received reports of an incident possibly involving a knife and a vehicle.

The seriousness of the injuries were not not yet known, he said.

He said trains were not stopping at London Bridge and Borough Market. Vauxhall station, which was temporarily closed, has now reopened.

Additional reporting by agencies

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