‘Major incident’ in London as van hits pedestrians

Metropolitan Police said there have been a number of casualties at a “major incident” in Finsbury Park, north London.

Police said in a statement they were called at 00.20 on Monday June 19 to reports of a vehicle collision with pedestrians on Seven Sisters road. One man described by witnesses as a white European has been arrested

The London ambulance service said it had sent a “number of resources” to an incident on the road and said more information would follow.

Witnesses at the scene said they had seen at least five people seriously injured with emergency services trying to resuscitate them.

Athmane Touami, who lives in the area, said he had seen at least 12 people with injuries after the van targeted people leaving a mosque on Seven Sisters Road.

“The man they arrested, he was waving at people,” Mr Touami said. “He looked happy, he looked proud of what he did.”

The FT was shown video of the scene that suggested multiple serious injuries had occurred. Police have since pushed people back from the scene. The van in the video is a large white van of the sort often used by builders and contractors.

A man called Amine, who did not want to give his surname, said friends who witnessed the incident said the van had initially hit a motorcyclist as it swerved off the road into a crowd leaving the mosque. He said it had taken 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. “It’s not an accident. It’s an attack,” the man said.

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