Commuters urged to be ‘calm but alert’ following suspected Parsons Green terrorist incident

Police response to Parsons Green incident

Police response to Parsons Green incident - Credit: PA

Commuters have been urged to remain “calm but alert” following a suspected terrorist incident on a Tube train this morning.

Armed police close to Parsons Green station in west London after an explosion on a packed London Und

Armed police close to Parsons Green station in west London after an explosion on a packed London Underground train. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Officers from the Met’s counter terrorism command are investigating a reported explosion and fire on board a District line train at Parsons Green station, south west London, at about 8.20am.

Pictures posted on social media appeared to show a flaming bucket inside a plastic carrier bag on the floor of a carriage.

A number of people have suffered injuries, with reports of a stampede taking place as commuters tried to flee the station.

A Met spokesman said: “We urge the public to remain calm but alert and if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police.”


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Emergency services are at the scene and the District line is currently suspended between Earl’s Court and Wimbledon.

Prime minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the incident.

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She said: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident.”

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