Panic in Islington as two KNIFEMEN in a car mow down three people outside a pub ‘like dominoes’ after mounting the pavement in London’s cosmopolitan heartland – but police say it’s NOT terror
Knife-wielding teenagers driving a Peugeot Partner ploughed into revellers queuing for a pub and ‘knocked them over like dominoes’ in a horrifying attack in Islington.
Two men and one woman were injured on the lively Essex Road in north London before the driver and passenger sped off then got out and fled on foot.
Police who found one knife on the pavement and one knife in the car arrested four males, aged between 17 and 19, on suspicion of GBH with intent and of possession of points and blades.
With tensions high after four innocent people were killed in a terror attack on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, police insist last night’s incident was not terror related.
- Shocked revellers on Essex Road in Islington saw car mount the pavement
- Driver smashed into three pedestrians before attempting to drive off
- Police have arrested four men for GBH and possession of points and blades
- Tensions are high after four innocent people were killed in terror attack last week
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A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Three people – two males and one female – were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries. At this stage their injuries are not being treated as life threatening.
‘The occupants decamped from the car and fled the scene on foot.
‘Four males, aged between 17 and 19, have since been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including GBH with intent and possession of points and blades. All four remain in custody.
‘Two knives were recovered at the scene; one inside the car and one found near to the car. Inquiries into the circumstances continue. This is not being treated as terrorist related.
Three people have been injured at a busy London nightspot after a driver mounted the pavement and mowed them down
One shocked witness told MailOnline that the car came screeching around a corner at ‘about 50mph’ and crashed into people queuing to enter the Old Queen’s Head pub.
Dramatic pictures from the scene show three injured revellers being treated by paramedics before they were rushed to hospital with injuries not thought to be life threatening.
One woman posted a picture of a knife on the pavement, writing on Twitter: ‘It’s all kicking off on Essex road, Islington… a handful of casualties and a very large knife.’