East London mosque crash: Four people are injured with one fighting for life after car being chased by police ploughed into them outside a mosque
- Police arrested two people following the car chase in East London
Four people have been injured and one remains in hospital in critical condition after a car involved in a police chase collided with a bench in East London yesterday.
The shocking incident happened outside a mosque in Tower Hamlets yesterday with police confirming two people had been arrested following the chase.
Three of the victims are thought to be seriously hurt and one person is fighting to survive after sustaining life threatening injuries.
It is not currently known if the four victims were associated with the mosque.
Distressing footage from the aftermath of the incident on Fieldgate Street in the City of London shows a BMW perched on a bollard surrounded by crumpled fragments of benches.
Dramatic footage has emerged showing the aftermath of a car crash in Tower Hamlets
Four people were injured after a car crashed into a bench following a police chase
Police have confirmed two people have been arrested following the chase
People can be seen crumbled amongst the rubble while they await medical assistance.
Police were also seen attending to the injured in the center of the devastation.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, a witness to the event said it had ‘sounded like an explosion’.
They said: ‘I was literally standing one street away when I heard what sounded like an explosion.
‘I heard the crash and the sirens within seconds so it was possibly a chase for how quick they were at the scene.
‘I went to see if I could help as I’m first aid trained but police told me get back.
‘I saw young lads in handcuffs and loads of armed police. One man didn’t look too good at all there was loads of blood coming from a bad head injury.
‘I think it was just locals that use the benches for meeting up and chatting.
‘I just pray the victims are all going to be OK.’
Commander Umer Khan, from the City of London Police, said: ‘Officers from the City of London Police were in Fieldgate Street, Tower Hamlets, on Wednesday 23 August 2023 at 11.54pm when a vehicle collided with four members of the public following a short pursuit.
‘All four people were taken to hospital.
‘Two people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of failing to stop and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, burglary and firearms offences.
‘In line with standard practice, a referral was made to the IOPC and CoLPs Professional Standards Department. Enquiries are ongoing.’
Police were filmed arresting a person who was sitting beside the car
Four people remain in hospital with serious injuries following the incident
An IOPC spokesman confirmed they were investigating the City of London police pursuit after the Mercedes reportedly failed to stop for police.
He said: ‘A short time later it mounted the pavement and was in collision with four pedestrians who suffered serious injuries.
‘After being notified by the force we sent investigators to the scene and to the police post incident procedure where the officers involved provided their initial accounts.
‘We have requested further information from the force and once received, we will determine what further action may be required from us.’
Anyone with information relating to this incident should call 101 quoting CAD 9316/23AUG23 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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