JUST IN | One confirmed dead in van attack on London street

UPDATE 2:00PM | Metropolitan Police have confirmed that one person is dead after a man drove a white van through crowds of people in London.

 


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Police say there were several casualties, with one man pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.

Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries.

The alleged driver of the van – a 48-year-old man – was put under citizens arrest.  Police later arrested him. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged.

The man will have a mental health assessment done once he’s released.

A number police units are at, and managing the cordons around, the crime scene, including local officers and those from neighbouring boroughs – supported by armed officers and the Territorial Support Group.

The Counter Terrorism Command is handling the investigation.

At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues.

Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

 

EARLIER 12:18PM | Media reports are suggesting that two people may have been killed in the latest major public attack to hit London.

The Sun newspaper is reporting that a pair may be dead

The Evening Standard suggests that a man jumped out of a van that had just ploughed through crowds in London and stabbed someone.

The same paper also reported that one person was fighting for life and several others were injured.

The Muslim Council of Britain confirmed that worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque were targeted when a van ran into them.

Footage shared on social media showed scenes of carnage, with bodies of several men laying on the pavement next to a cafe.

EARLIER 10:28AM | London police have confirmed they are dealing with a major incident after a van drove in to pedestrians in Finsbury Park, injuring several people.

Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are on scene with other emergency services.

“There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene,” a statement on the Metropolitan Police website said.

The extent of their injuries remains unknown at this stage.

Police have confirmed one person has been arrested.

It’s believed the incident occurred near a mosque on Seven Sisters Road just after midnight on Sunday (local time).

Investigations are continuing.

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