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London Underground panic: Knifeman ‘on loose in station’ – heavily armed police on scene – Express

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Hylands Police have reported emergency teams have been deployed at Upminster train station this evening. They have stated a male is currently being searched for after escaping the police. One person had tweeted: “A work colleague has reported that several police vans including police officers in riot gear are at Upminster station because there is a person with a knife running around the station.”

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Officers advised the public to stay away from the area while a search is conducted.

The police have not revealed if anyone was hurt during the incident this evening. 

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told Express.co.uk: “Police were called at 6.21pm on Wednesday, 9 December to Upminster Station following reports of a man believed to be in possession of a knife.

“Officers from the Met, BTP and the National Police Air Service remain in attendance.

London news: Metropolitan Police scrambled to Upminster

London news: Metropolitan Police scrambled to Upminster (Image: Met Police Twitter)

London news: It was reported this evening

London news: It was reported this evening (Image: Google Maps )

“There are no reported injuries.

“No arrests and enquiries continue.”

The Met Police have been particularly stretched this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Not only have emergency services been forced to deal with crime in the capital but also with enforcing lockdown restrictions at times during this year. 

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London news: Armed police were called to the scene

London news: Armed police were called to the scene (Image: GETTY)

Last month, 155 arrests were made after anti-lockdown protestors clashed with the police in central London. 

On Saturday, November 28, protests groups had called on supporters to travel to central London for a mass protest against the coronavirus restrictions. 

Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: “We’ve seen our police officers yet again do incredible work to ensure that they help to stop the spread of this awful virus.

“The people that are protesting today have been protesting for many months, and we’ve seen this over successive weekends.

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London news: The Met arrested 155 people

London news: The Met arrested 155 people (Image: Getty)

London news: Priti Patel condemned the protest

London news: Priti Patel condemned the protest (Image: GETTY)

“We ask everybody to be conscientious – we all know the regulations and the guidance, we have brought these measures in to save lives and to prevent preventable deaths.”

London may also be forced into entering tier 3 restrictions after mayor, Sadiq Khan, warned infections were beginning to rise. 

His office has warned Londoners to abide by the current restrictions in order to avoid the city being moved into the highest tier. 

Public Health England figures showed coronavirus restrictions had risen in 24 of the 32 boroughs in the city. 

Havering is recording the highest case rate with 397.2 per 100,000 people. 

Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest and Redbridge are all also recording case rates above 300. 

However, Greenwich has recorded the highest increase in the last seven days with cases rising by 48 percent in the borough. 

London news: Sadiq Khan warned of rising case numbers

London news: Sadiq Khan warned of rising case numbers (Image: PA)

The tier system in England will be reviewed on December 16. 

It will also be reviewed every two weeks while it is thought London may well be moved in tier 3 as of next Wednesday. 

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