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'Van hits pedestrians' in London in 'major incident'

Armed police near the scene of tonight's incidents
Armed police near the scene of tonight's incidents
People walking down Borough High Street as police are dealing with a "major incident" at London Bridge
People walking down Borough High Street as police are dealing with a "major incident" at London Bridge

Police are dealing with a "major incident" at London Bridge, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

Tfl bus alerts tweeted: "LONDON BRIDGE UPDATE - 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 #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed."

According to the BBC, armed officers are at the scene.

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.

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.

I'd say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment."

Ms Jones said police were on the scene within two minutes, quickly followed by ambulances.

Police boats were searching the river - apparently looking for people who may have been thrown off the bridge.

She said that among the injured was a French woman who told her she did not know where the two people who had been with her were.

"She told me in French, 'I don't know where those two other people are'. So the police checking the Thames," Ms Jones said.

"They were right near the edge of the bridge. It looks potentially they could have been thrown over."

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.

Nick Archer, who was in the London Bridge area, told Sky News: "We came out (of a bar) on to the road and looked and looked to my left and there as a guy, I thought he was just drinking but he was lying on the floor.

"And then a couple of seconds later, about three police vans flew past.

"He looked in a bad way."