"Whether they were shooting into the air, or whatever, something happened that day"
Olly Murs has bizarrely hinted that last year’s terror attack scare at London’s Oxford Circus was a “cover-up”, insisting that he heard gun shots during the incident. British Transport Police have since refuted his claims.
The former X Factor star, 33, faced backlash after he sent a series of panicked tweets from Selfridges department store in November.
““’F*** everyone get out of Selfridges now, gun shots! I’m inside”, Murs initially tweeted to his 8.5 million followers.
But while the incident was eventually dismissed after police found “no casualties” and “evidence of any shots fired”, Murs is sticking to his side of the story.
“Whether they were shooting into the air, or whatever, something happened that day — whether it was covered up, I don’t know”, he told The Sun.
“It’s all a bit murky”.
Describing the incident, Murs recalled how he was purchasing a massage chair as a Christmas present for his aunt at the time.
““One minute I’m sitting there and this guy’s saying, ‘If you press this button you get a massage’ — the next I’m getting thrown against a wall,” he said.
“And then there’s people screaming and running towards exits and I’m thinking, ‘What the f***?’
“I ran for my life thinking ‘Someone’s upstairs shooting.’ The noise of people screaming, it was terrifying.”
Murs also claims that other bystanders witnessed gunshots, despite no official evidence of the claims.
Now British Transport Police, who were first to respond to the incident, have responded to his claims.
“This caused a significant level of panic which resulted in numerous calls from members of the public reporting gunfire,” a spokesman said. “A full and methodical search of the station and Oxford Street was conducted by our specially trained firearms officers.
“During the search, officers did not find any evidence of gunfire at the station.”
In the immediate aftermath of of the incident last year, Murs drew condemnation from Piers Morgan – who accused the singer of causing “needless panic” with his tweets.
“If you was there you’d have understood mate”, Murs later retorted.