Police search for man in the River Thames

Police search for man in the River Thames after he ‘jumped from Westminster Bridge’ as fire crews and paramedics also race to the scene

  • Metropolitan Police were called to Westminster Bridge at 7.52pm, the force said
  • A spokesperson said that Met received reports of a man with a cut on his hand
  • It was also reported a man had jumped into the River Thames from the bridge

London’s Metropolitan police are searching for a man in the River Thames after he jumped from Westminster Bridge, the force said on Saturday night.

Videos and pictures from the scene showed dozens of emergency services, including police cars, fire crews and paramedics lining the bridge and nearby.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Westminster Bridge at 7.52pm to reports of a man with a cut hand.

London ‘s Metropolitan police are searching for a man in the River Thames after he jumped from Westminster Bridge, the force said on Saturday night. Pictured: Emergency service vehicles are shown on the bridge on Saturday night

‘It was also reported that a man had jumped into the River Thames from Westminster Bridge.

‘A search is ongoing to locate this man. The incident is not being treated as terror-related.’

In a separate statement, the Metropolitan police said officer attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service.

The London Fire Brigade told the MailOnline that they were also assisting in the search having been called at 19:56, and that a systematic search was being carried out. Five fire engines along with a fire boat were in attendance.

Witnesses took to social media on Saturday night to describe the incident, with one Twitter user writing: ‘Something is going down on Westminster Bridge. There are about 7 fire engines, 8 police cars, police boat, 2 life boats and a helicopter. 

‘Quite crazy to see and thankfully I was far away from it on Jubilee Bridge. Praying no one is seriously hurt.’

‘Looks to be a serious incident on Westminster Bridge. Tons of armed police, couple of fire engines and a police line across the pavement,’ another person wrote.

A third wrote: ‘Just walked out of a restaurant by London eye to a ridiculously heavy police/fire/ambulance presence on and around Westminster bridge and on the Thames. Something bad appears to have happened.’

More to follow… 

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