A car has slammed into pedestrians on Essex Road outside the Old Queens Head Hotel in Islington, London prompting an immediate response by the police. The area is on lockdown. Initial reports state four people are suffering injuries - their condition awaits. The occupants exited from the car and fled the scene on foot.
The incident, which took place just before 11pm London time, is feared to be a similar terror attack to the one at Westminster Bridge last week.
However, according to a just released police statement, the incident is not being treated as terrorism related.
Stay away from Essex Road, Islington. All locked off. pic.twitter.com/3PtqFkE2JX— Bee Q (@BeeQandUnique) March 25, 2017
BREAK: 4 people injured following a car hit a people on a busy road in Islington, London. Not terror related. pic.twitter.com/f4ITRfxX2M— Matt Vincent (@MRV2899) March 25, 2017
According to a just released statement by the Metropolitan Police, they were called at approximately 22:55hrs on Saturday, 25 March to reports of a car in collision with a number of people in Essex Road, N1.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene; initial reports state four people are suffering injuries - their condition awaits. The occupants decamped from the car and fled the scene on foot.
One male has been arrested; enquiries continue.
Officers from Islington investigate. Road closures remain in place.
The police adds that while enquiries into the circumstances continue, this is not being treated as terrorist related.