Pop star Olly Murs was among the hundreds of shoppers who were evacuated from stores in London.
Olly Murs was among the hundreds of shoppers who were evacuated from stores on London's Oxford Street earlier today (24.11.17).
The 33-year-old singer-songwriter tweeted about his panic and
confusion after police stormed the area amid rumours of a potential
terrorist attack in the iconic shopping area.
But Olly - who was in Selfridges when armed officers arrived on the
scene - eventually revealed that it was a false alarm, while the
police confirmed they had not located ''any trace'' of any suspects,
evidence of gunshots or casualties.
The pop star wrote: ''F*** everyone get out of @Selfridges now gun
shots!! I'm inside.
''Really not sure what's happened! I'm in the back office... but people
screaming and running towards exits!
''Evacuating store now!!! F**k heart is pounding. (sic)''
As well as the arrival of armed police, the reports of an attack also
led to Bond Street Tube station being closed to prevent overcrowding.
Amid the confusion, London's Metropolitan Police wrote on the
micro-blogging website: ''If you are on #OxfordStreet go into a
building and stay inside until further direction. Avoid travelling to
the Oxford Street area. At this stage police have not located any
But the force later added: ''Our response on #OxfordStreet has now been
stood down. If you sought shelter in a building please now leave, and
follow the direction of police officers on the ground if you need
And after the situation had been clarified by the police, Olly
tweeted: ''Being told no shots in Selfridges! Have no idea the whole
store went crazy!
''I'm safe and in hotel with loads of people! So many different stories
flying around just hope everyone is safe (sic)''