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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Have a very good night.
I'm Asad Ahmad.
There was panic on the streets
of the West End this afternoon,
as shoppers reported hearing
Many who were taking advantage
of one of the busiest
shopping days of the
year ran for cover.
The police response was swift,
but officers said there was no
evidence of a weapon being fired.
Tonight, shops along
Oxford Street, including
the department store John Lewis,
shut their doors early.
Our reporter Chris Rogers
was in the area
in the immediate aftermath.
It's one of the busiest shopping
days in one of the country's
busiest shopping districts.
Everything the emergency services
rehearse and plan for put
into action just moments
after reports of gunfire.
Keep on moving!
Keep on moving!
Lockdown in Oxford Street.
We were having dinner
at a restaurant, so we sat
at a window, and then we looked
and everybody started
panicking and running,
so we were like, what's going on?
The police came, and everybody
and then everybody had to lay down
on the ground and they had
to make sure we were safe.
As we move towards the scene
to investigate, thousands
of shoppers are being pushed back.
As the cordon gets wider,
shop by shop, department store
by department store,
people are evacuated and moved on.
People are scared, emotional,
furious, but orderly.
-- Kia Reus -- curious.
All of a sudden, people
that were on the street
are being moved up Regent Street,
and they suddenly turned
around and ran back.
There was a lot of panic,
women falling on the pavement,
people pushing and shoving.
We think it was startled
by barriers being moved,
which perhaps people
mistook for gunshots.
We are told to be vigilant,
and the emergency services
clearly take no chances.
The cordon has just got even bigger.
We are being pushed further
down Regent Street, away
from Oxford Circus station.
For a while, press were allowed
to film the evacuation.
Now we are being pushed right back,
we are told, for our own safety.
At the moment, there seems
to be a lot of panic,
a lot of people scared,
and a lot of people not quite
knowing what's going on.
We are told to keep calm and carry
on, and we famously do so.
But what I witnessed today
was the tension and panic among many
that lies close beneath the surface.
Do we know anything more about what
sparked the alarm?
confusion, but we just heard from
the British Transport Police, who
say their officers and the
Metropolitan Police were called at
4:37pm over reports of shots being
fired and officers were quickly on
the scene. They say officers believe
there was an altercation between two
men on the platform and they'd now
like to speak to these people and
they have released CCTV images. They
believe they have information about
the incident and circumstances
around it. They also want to speak
to anybody at the station at the
time. We have spoken to a lot of
people, and many are adamant that
they heard gunfire. Police still
insist there was no evidence of a
gun being shot at the scene. They
haven't found a suspect. There was
one casualty, and we clearly saw
more in the panic that followed.
Sadiq Khan has praised the emergency
services for their rapid, and well
A leading motoring
organisation is warning that,
if police don't start treating
thefts from cars more seriously,
London could be on the
brink of a crimewave.
It comes as BBC London
found that almost 99%
of thefts from vehicles don't
result in convictions,
and often aren't even investigated.
Here's Alex Bushill.
How seriously should
we expect the police
to take this sort of crime?
How much should the
police, well, police?
The Met have now said that,
because of budget cuts,
cutting car crime isn't as much
of a priority and they
will only investigate
if there is video evidence.
According to Seb Stevenson,
they won't then either.
The last thief, he took
this tool box twice.
The same tool box, he took it twice.
He has had his van outside his
Croydon home broken into many times.
That's why he has CCTV on his house.
But, when he caught
a thief on camera, he says
the police still did nothing.
It's an absolute free-for-all.
The thieves know at the moment
they will not be prosecuted.
It's advertised on the radio and TV
that the police will not
prosecute these thieves.
It's a free-for-all.
That's why he has put up this poster
to try to find his thief.
He no longer bothers reporting
anything to the police.
BBC London can reveal that
in the capital there were just over
53,000 reported offences of thefts
from motor vehicles,
of which 796 were proceeded against.
That means only 1.5%
of these crimes actually led
to charges being brought.
So what was the Met's response
to the criticism that this is now
a free-for-all for criminals?
In a statement they said:
For the AA, it is deeply worrying
so few are being convicted.
They want a dedicated car
crime unit, that the Met
Once the criminals know these crimes
will not be investigated,
it can then lead to a crime
because people basically know
they will get away with it.
What's more, it's not just phones
and laptops being nicked.
As this photos shows,
airbags and steering wheels are too,
with worrying implications.
If airbags are being stolen,
a proportion of those
are going into cars that will crash,
and the airbags have gone off.
The airbags have been put in,
but they won't work.
He says potentially
putting lives at risk.
These latest crime figures
are controversial, as is any
decision to no longer investigate
fully all car crime.
But then who said budget
cuts would be easy?
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out what
the weather's up to with Stav.
the weather's up to with Stav.
Good evening. A cold and frosty
night leading into a cold weekend,
but for many of us it should be dry
with some trying. Tomorrow is
looking good across the board but
cold, five or six at best, and with
a strong north-westerly wind to make
it feel even colder. Similar on
Sunday, after a cold and frosty
start a bit of cloud building up
across western areas later. Next
week is going to remain cold.