Reports of Van Striking Pedestrians in ‘Major Incident’ on London Bridge


LONDON (AP) — A major incident was ongoing in central London on Saturday night, with reports of a van hitting pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbings in a nearby area.

The Metropolitan Police said they had responded to “reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians” on London Bridge, then to reports of stabbings in Borough Market, a popular area on the south side of the bridge. Police at the scene told the BBC there was at least one fatality.

About an hour after the initial reports, the police said they were responding to an incident in the Vauxhall area of London — just south of London Bridge.

One witness told the BBC a white van veered off the road on the bridge and struck as many as six people. Other witnesses reported gunfire, but these reports have not been confirmed by authorities.

Witness Will Heaven said he saw people who appeared to have been hit, and one being put into an ambulance. “We saw injured people on the road, injured people on the pavement,” he told Sky News.

London’s transportation authority has closed three London Underground stations near London Bridge, which spans the River Thames on the east side of the city center.