Gravesend nightclub: Panic as vehicle driven into busy club

Shocked witnesses told how the silver 4x4 smashed into Blake's Nightclub in Gravesend just after midnight after a man was'refused entry by club bouncers

A 21-year-old has been detained by police and is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Investigating officer detective chief inspector David Chewter, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This was a frightening experience for everyone involved and it is a miracle that nobody was killed".

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

Police is yet to release the number of people injured.

Kent Police said in a statement they've arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Kent Police force says the 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over Saturday's crash in Gravesend, 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of London.

He confirmed that none of the injuries suffered by the 13 victims are described as?life-threatening or life-changing? after the suspect drove his Suzuki Vitara into Blakes nightclub on Queen Street in Gravesend.

They add that it is not being treated as a terror-related incident.

The club said it was "deeply saddened that injuries occurred" but was "grateful that no-one was fatally hurt".

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'It was a complete mess of panic and chaos'.

In a statement, Blake's nightclub thanked the "heroic actions" of door staff and guests who it said apprehended the man "before further harm was caused".

Footage posted on social media appeared to show a vehicle inside a marquee at Blake's nightclub as police led terrified people to safety.

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson tweeted: "A guy who didn't get let in the club just drove his auto inside and almost killed us all".

'We ripped the tent wall apart and got out and called the police.

It's alleged the man drove his auto through the club after he was earlier chucked out following an altercation.

Clubbers rushed from the venue onto the street as police, ambulance and fire services arrived at the scene. He said in the video: "My god I almost died".

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent two fire engines to the scene to assist the police.

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