A major shopping centre was evacuated as witnesses described “manic” scenes and urged people to avoid the area. Westfield shopping centre in Stratford was cleared along with the nearby train station. Shoppers urged people to avoid the area due to the evacuation.
Pictures showed hundreds of people pouring out of the popular mall. One wrote “Tube driver just told us #stratfordwestfield is being evacuated” and others said “Alarms and **** going off in Westfield shopping centre”. Another added “No idea what’s going on now but Westfield Stratford just got evacuated” while on said “Stratford Westfield evacuated. Manic right now”.
The incident comes just hours before the World Athletics Championships was due to the begin at the nearby Olympic Park. Westfield shopping centre has yet to issue a statement on the incident.