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Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder After Driving Car Into Packed Nightclub

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Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder After Driving Car Into Packed Nightclub

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he drove his car into a busy nightclub, leaving a number of people injured.

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Kent police say they believe the man had been asked to leave the nightclub following an altercation and drove into the venue shortly afterwards.

Eye-witnesses described scenes of 'panic and chaos' as the car ploughed through Blake's nightclub just before midnight last night.

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A clip posted on social media showed a 4X4 entering a marquee at the club in Gravesend, in the footage the car's headlights are on, while people are gathered on a dancefloor.

A second flip appears to show the driver surrounded by members of security, in the background a man can be heard asking: "Why did he try and do that?" while another responds: "I'm so confused."

Clubbers rushed from the venue onto the street as police, ambulance and fire services arrived at the scene.

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

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The scene behind Blake's nightclub in Gravesend after a car drove down the alleyway (Credit: PA)
The scene behind Blake's nightclub in Gravesend after a car drove down the alleyway (Credit: PA)

"I saw all the security guards shouting," he told the paper. "They were standing in front of the car to stop it moving but it reversed and really went for it.

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

"Another security guard tried to jump out of the way but he went onto the bonnet and hit the windscreen.

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"I knew he wasn't going to stop so I just got my girlfriend and we ran out of there."

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson was also at the club at the time, he tweeted a video showing clubbers leaving, being guided out by security.


Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook
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A post has been shared on Blake's Facebook page, saying 'thoughts and prayers' go to all those caught up in the incident and thanking the 'heroic actions' of the club's security team.

A spokesman for Kent Police told the Sun they have: "Arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident in Gravesend where a number of people have been injured when a car drove into a nightclub building.

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

"The driver of the vehicle who is believed to have been asked to leave the nightclub earlier that evening following an altercation has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

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"A number of people have sustained injuries. This is not being treated as a terror related incident."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: kent, UK News, Nightclub

Claire Reid
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