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Claim: Photograph shows bulletin warning London Underground travelers not to run on the platforms or concourses.
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: On 22 July 2005, Metropolitan police in London shot and killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes at the Stockwell Underground station, believing him to be a terrorist on the run after the failed bombing attempts in the city earlier that day (which were themselves a reprise of the similar, successful attacks on London buses and Underground trains two weeks earlier). Initial news reports indicated that police suspected
The facts of the case remain in dispute, but the photograph displayed above, which supposedly depicts a Service Information bulletin displayed at the Notting Hill entrance to the London Underground several days after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes (
A Customer Service Advisor for the Central line confirmed for us that the bulletin shown in the image was not one actually posted by Transport for London ("I'm pleased to tell you that it's a hoax. Somebody has a very strange sense of humour."). It appears to be a digitally altered version of a genuine photograph of a bulletin which was displayed in a photo gallery on the BBC's web site:
Last updated: 1 August 2005
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