Man arrested after ‘van ploughs into people’ outside a north London mosque as Muslims break their Ramadan fast
More than ten pedestrians were hit by a van which veered onto a pavement near a renowned north London mosque late last night, according to reports.
Several people were reportedly hurt after the van ploughed into a crowd on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park Mosque.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing bystanders wrestle the suspect to the floor and pin him down until officers.
Twitter users claimed the victims were Muslims leaving late-night prayers being observed for the month of Ramadan.
A Metropolitan Police helicopter was seen circling overhead as photographs posted on social media showed a huge response from the emergency services.
Dozens of police cars and vans cordoned off a large area of the normally bustling thoroughfare as stunned locals gathered at the scene.
Images on Twitter appeared to show a clean-shaven white man with black hair being detained by police officers behind a van, surrounded by a group of shouting onlookers.
The vehicle in question appears to have been rented from a company based in Wales, Pontaclun Van Hire.
One Twitter user reported: ‘Islamaphobic attack in Finsbury Park right now. A van swerved off the main road and ran over several Muslim men.’
A Met spokesman said officers were called at 12.20am ‘to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians’.
They added: ‘Officers are on scene with other emergency services. There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested.’
The incident follows two terrorist attacks in a matter of weeks at Westminster and London Bridge.
Original article courtesy of Daily Mail UK.