Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Several injured as man drives auto into Gravesend nightclub

Several injured as man drives auto into Gravesend nightclub

Police believe others who were injured might have left the scene, and want to speak to anyone hurt to establish the number of victims.

"Officers were called to Queen Street at 12.47am and are now at the scene".

Footage posted on social media appeared to show a vehicle inside a marquee at the venue as panicked partygoersd were led to safety by police.

The force added: "This is not been being treated as a terror-related incident".

Kent Police were called to Blake's, a dance and night club, at 11:47 p.m. on Saturday, after "a number of people" were injured when a vehicle drove into the nightclub building, officials said in a statement.

Shocked clubbers spilled out onto the street as emergency services arrived, with footage showing police cars, fire engines and ambulances lined up outside the venue.

The driver was pulled from the auto by clubbers, who detained him while police arrived. He claimed that "some guy wasn't let into the club or got kicked out so he drove his 4x4 into the tent we was all in".

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson tweeted: "A guy who didn't get let in the club just drove his vehicle inside and almost killed us all".

Officers were called to Green Street in Gravesend at 11.47pm on Saturday following the incident.

"One guard got the door open and was trying to pull him out or stop the auto but it kept coming towards us".

One of his friend's mates was injured in the incident, although is thought to be in a stable condition.

One witness, Sonny Powar, said he saw two people hit by the auto before the driver was pulled from the vehicle.

Footage from the incident shows security guards wrestling the driver to the ground as punters shout and react.

One man told the Sun he was in the smoking area when he saw the driver arguing with door staff.

'Another security guard tried to jump out of the way but he went onto the bonnet and hit the windscreen. Then he reversed up and we all ran.

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