London police respond to 3 incidents, casualties reported

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area of London after an incident involving a vehicle on London Bridge earlier on Saturday.

Police also said they fired shots after reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area which is located close to London Bridge.

(Reporting by William Schomberg, editing by David Milliken)

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LONDON (Reuters) - British police rushed to an incident on London Bridge on Saturday after witnesses said a van ploughed into pedestrians and one woman told Reuters she saw people who may have had their throats cut.

British Transport Police said casualties were reported after an incident that may have involved a van and a knife attack, the BBC said, while the London Ambulance Service said it was sending multiple resources to the incident.

Police said armed officers were also responding to an incident in the nearby Borough Market area of the city.

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People leave the area with their hands up after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Police officers ni the road near Borough on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Counter-terrorism special forces are seen at London Bridge on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
People speak with a police officer after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 3 : Police officers cordon off the area around London Bridge, central London, after reports of pedestrians being hit by a white van on London Bridge in London, United Kingdom on June 3, 2017. UK Police said Saturday they were responding to two incidents on London Bridge and Borough Market amid reports of a van mowing down pedestrians. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Members of the public leave the area at London Bridge on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Police officers clear the area near Borough market at London Bridge on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Armed policeprep up in Borough on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Police officers get changed as they attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
People speak with a police officer after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Women embrace after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
People react as police attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A photograph taken on a mobile phone shows British police cars blocking the entrance to London Bridge, in central London on June 3, 2017, following an incident on the bridge. Police are dealing with a 'major incident' on London Bridge, Transport for London said on Saturday, after witnesses reported seeing a van mounting the pavement and hitting pedestrians. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel SORABJI (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall
Police attend to an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Police attend to an incident on London Bridge in London, Britain, June 3, 2017. Reuters / Hannah McKay
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 3 : Police officers cordon off the area around London Bridge, central London, after reports of pedestrians being hit by a white van on London Bridge in London, United Kingdom on June 3, 2017. UK Police said Saturday they were responding to two incidents on London Bridge and Borough Market amid reports of a van mowing down pedestrians. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Counter-terrorism special forces are seen at London Bridge on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 3 : Police officers cordon off the area around London Bridge, central London, after reports of pedestrians being hit by a white van on London Bridge in London, United Kingdom on June 3, 2017. UK Police said Saturday they were responding to two incidents on London Bridge and Borough Market amid reports of a van mowing down pedestrians. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 3 : Police officers cordon off the area around London Bridge, central London, after reports of pedestrians being hit by a white van on London Bridge in London, United Kingdom on June 3, 2017. UK Police said Saturday they were responding to two incidents on London Bridge and Borough Market amid reports of a van mowing down pedestrians. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A police officer escorts members of the public to safety at London Bridge on June 3, 2017 in London, England. Police have responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge in central London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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One witness told Reuters that she saw what appeared to be three people with knife wounds and possibly their throats cut at London Bridge. Reuters was unable to immediately verify her account.

Another witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. That witness said the van hit five to six people. Reuters television pictures showed dozens of emergency vehicles in the area around London Bridge.

Several witnesses also reported hearing gunshots.

"We were in an Uber (taxi) going towards London Bridge and suddenly we saw people running. The Uber stopped, we asked people what was going on – people said there was shooting," said Yoann Belmere, 40, a French banker living in London.

"Now the area is completely closed with police cars going one way and ambulances going the other," he told Reuters.

London's transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police.

The incident comes days ahead of a June 8 election, with polls suggesting the lead of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has dropped sharply.

It also comes less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

The Manchester bombing on May 22 was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Tattersall; Editing by William Schomberg and Ralph Boulton)

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