A white van has reportedly ploughed into 20 people in a suspected ‘terror attack’ on London Bridge station, amid reports of ‘rapid gunfire’.
There are unconfirmed reports that least seven people have been stabbed as witnesses told of bodies ‘strewn’ on the road at the landmark in central London.
One witness said she saw three people with what appeared to be their throats cut on London Bridge.
Others said they saw three men, described as being ‘of Mediterranean origin’, jump out of the van and began ‘randomly stabbing people’ along Borough High Street with 12-inch long knives.
The car, believed to be a B&Q vehicle, was reportedly veering in an ‘S shape’ at 500mph across the bridge and has driven towards the Shard and is south of the river. The drivers have not been caught.
Terrifying footage from the scene shows police officers shooting ‘Clear the scene now!’ as panicked pedestrians flee.
The bridge is in lock down and the area around it is closed with bus routes being diverted, as armed police and a bomb squad attend the scene and boats search the water.
Police are treating injured people and carrying them away at the end Thrale Street. Members of the public were told by police to ‘run as fast as they could’ westbound.
A cab driver told LBC that three men jumped out of the van.
He said: ‘They just had these long blades, about 12 inches long. They just went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people.
‘A young girl got stabbed in the chest, she was laying there – it’s so sad.
‘I thought, ‘I’m gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down’. I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn.
‘I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.’
‘He’s veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.
‘He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he’s hit people there.
‘They’ve jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of people.’
Pictures of the white van will be circulated across London.
Tony Murphy, who has a flat opposite Southwark Bridge, said he heard ‘rapid gunfire’.
He said: ‘I’m actually former military. I heard what was significant gunfire.
‘At first I thought it was fireworks but it was so rapid I recognised what it was.
‘It went on for quite a long time. The response took about 10 minutes. I immediately text my family and they said they heard it. It was tremendous gunfire.’
Holly Jones, a BBC reporter at the bridge when the incident happened, said a van had swerved off the road into a crowd of pedestrians.
‘A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered of the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement,’ she told BBC News.
‘He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind.’
Ms Jones later reported seeing a man being arrested by police. She said he was handcuffed and had his shirt off.
Another taxi driver named only as Paul said: ‘I was just going over London Bridge and on the left hand side it looked like someone had been knocked off a bike.
‘A few yards on I saw another person laying down and a woman screaming.
‘A few yards on from that there was a couple of bodies on the right hand side.’
London Bridge and the area around it has been closed due to a ‘major police incident’, TFL said.
London Bridge station has been closed and no trains are expected until the end of service.
Holly, who said she was just two metres away from being hit by a white van, described the chaos on London Bridge after the attack.
She told Radio 5Live: I was probably two metres away. I saw it hit the people in front of me. I feel just so lucky now.
‘It was all a blur, but as much as I can remember it was a male on their own [driving the van]. There are five people on the floor being attended too. There are loads of city police officers helping and boats on the Thames searching.’
Witnesses told the BBC that a white van veered off the road on London Bridge and hit five or six people.
One witness wrote on Twitter: ‘Passerby says 15-20 people have been run over. Another says 7 or 8.’
‘Horrific scene at London Bridge. Bodies strewn over the pavement, B&Q van mounted the pavement. I feel sick,’ one witness wrote.
‘On a boat travelling under London Bridge. Buses stopped. Police lights everywhere and boats checking the water. Please let everyone be okay!’ another added.
Police are dealing with a major incident and all routes are being diverted.’
The Metropolitan Police posted on Twitter: ‘We are dealing with an incident on London Bridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed.’
London Bridge is closed both ways due to a police incident, Tfl said, warning the public to avoid the area.
Scotland Yard said officers were at the scene and they would update with further information.
London Ambulance said multiple resources were attending the area.
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