Car Driven into Group of People in Battersea

Seven people injured before driver flees the scene

Picture: Robert Pidgeon

Seven people have been injured after a car was driven into a group of people leaving a Battersea hotel on Saturday night (13 July).

Police have arrested five men aged between 22 and 31 on suspicion of affray immediately after the incident. They have all since been released on bail, Another man handed himself in at a police station two days later. The 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent. He has been taken into police custody where he remains for questioning. The police are still appealing to trace the driver of the car. Any connection with terrorism has been ruled out.

The police were called at 11.15pm to reports of an altercation during which a car had been driven into a group of people. The driver had fled the scene when they arrived.

A man in his twenties is believed to have suffered a broken leg, his condition has been described as not life-threatening. Another man, also in his twenties, sustained a head injury and is in a stable condition. The others injured are understood to have had relatively minor injuries and two were taken to hospital with the rest treated by paramedics at the scene.

There was a heavy police presence in the area following the incident.

A police spokesperson said, "It is thought the altercation began after a group of people had exited a nearby hotel.

"Enquiries continue to identify and locate the driver of the car who had fled the scene prior to police arrival."

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers from the South West Command Unit via 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD9191/13Jul. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

July 17, 2019