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Kensington Palace road shut by cops as ‘three loud bangs’ spark shooting fears
December 11, 2021
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Police have been scrambled to reports of "three loud bangs" near Kensington Palace, with road closures in place "for some time" according to authorities.
A helicopter was circling the area on Saturday afternoon, and officers have confirmed the incident is not connected to the palace.
Kensington and Chelsea Police tweeted: "Officers are responding to an incident at the junction of Kensington Road and Palace Gate.
"There is no risk to the public but roads are closed and are likely to remain so for some time.
"We will post a further update in due course."
Video taken at the scene shows a large number or ambulances, and what appears to be armed police standing guard in the middle of the road.
Eyewitness Millie Kerr, 40, told MyLondon: "I wasn't there when the incident took place, but I got out of my Uber and started walking. I headed through the park and saw what I'm 95 per cent sure was paramedics giving chest compressions to at least one person.
"It was next to a car but I don't think it looked like a car crash had happened. The helicopter has just left the area in the last five minutes."
Another said: "We were by the gates of Hyde Park as 3 shots rang out. Two fire arms officers over a man."
A manager at a spa on Kensington Road told the Evening Standard: “Police came in to see if we are ok and told us to keep our guests away from the windows wherever possible.
"All our windows are open at the back so to avoid people going out of the main entrance.
“Our guests aren’t allowed out still. We have another entrance and everyone is trying to get on normally.”
Traffic cams from roads nearby show cars at standstill in the area while police officers conduct their investigation.
The Daily Star has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment.