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Reports of serious injuries after van drives into pedestrians in London

Police confirm stabbings at Borough Market, say a van slammed into pedestrians at London Bridge and respond to incident in Vauxhall area.



LONDON — London Bridge in central London has been closed following an incident in which a white van reportedly mounted the pavement at speed and hit a number of pedestrians.

Police later confirmed that there was separate incident in Borough Market, on the south side of the river Thames. Armed officers have been dispatched amid reports of gunfire and stabbings from multiple witnesses. Police have confirmed reports of stabbings.

“As well as #LondonBridge officers have also responsed (sic) to an incident in #BoroughMarket. We have armed police at the scenes,” the Met Police tweeted. Separately, they said they were responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area — around 2km to the south west.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The prime minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated on the incident at London Bridge.” The BBC reported that the police are still searching for three suspects.

Several police vehicles and ambulances are attending the scene. London Ambulance Service tweeted: “Multiple resources attending an incident at #LondonBridge, please avoid the area. Only call 999 in an Emergency.”

The number of casualties is not clear but there are reports of serious injuries.

The van was reportedly travelling south across the bridge from the City towards Borough High Street, an area with lots of pubs and restaurants. It is not clear whether the van and driver has been stopped by police.

The Met Police tweeted: “We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed.”

The London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that the emergency services were attending the scene: “Please follow @metpoliceuk for updates. The emergency services are dealing with the incident at London Bridge.”

Southwark bridge and London Bridge tube station have both been closed.

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