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Police swoop on Leicester Square after reports of 'armed man'

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Police officers swooped on Leicester Square during this morning’s rush hour amid reports of an armed man. 

Witnesses reported seeing police ‘shove a man’ to the ground as they made an arrest in Leicester Square this morning.

Officers said they were called to reports of a man with a firearm at about 8.40am.

Scotland Yard said the incident is “not being treated as terror-related” and the man remains in custody.

In a statement, police said: “Police Police in Leicester Square were flagged down by a member of public at about 08:40am this morning to reports of a man believed to be in possession of a firearm. He was arrested & remains in custody.

“Not being treated as terror related. No injuries reported. Enquiries continue.”

Luke Mears, who claims to have witnessed the arrest, said: “Just seen armed police threatening to shoot a man at Leicester Square.

“They’ve shoved him to the ground and have their guns pointed at his head. Everyone else is carrying on as usual.”

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