A 21-year-old man was today charged with attempted murder after 13 partygoers were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd during a gig by grime artist Giggs.
Mohammed Abdul, 21, Deptford, South East London, will appear at court today after a Suzuki Vitara was driven into revellers outside Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend, Kent.
Footage taken on Saturday night shows clubbers appearing to attack the driver of a car which smashed through the marquee where smokers had congregated.
A reveller who was in the building said that bouncers ordered everyone to the back of the club
Elena Napoliello, 18, of Gravesend, was enjoying a night at Blake’s when the horror unfolded
The car was driven through the marquee where smokers had congregated on Saturday night
Abdul will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today, Kent Police said as they confirmed that the incident at about 11.45pm is not being treated as terror related.
The driver was pulled from the car by clubbers, who detained him while police arrived. It is believed one of the injured, a young woman, suffered a broken pelvis.
Several of those hurt suffered broken bones. Footage from the scene appears to show security guards in hi-vis jackets wrestling the driver to the floor.
Elena Napoliello, 18, from Gravesend, said: ‘A friend and I were standing in front of the bar in the marquee, waiting for our coats to be taken to the cloakroom.
A police car parked outside Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend yesterday following the crash
A car was driven into the entrance of Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend on Saturday night
Police outside Blake’s in Gravesend, before a man was charged with attempted murder today
Police forensic officers investigate at the scene of the incident in the Kent town yesterday
‘All of a sudden, I saw multiple people falling backwards onto us and so I was confused as to what was happening.
‘Then, I saw the headlights of the car coming towards me and my friend and we got pushed backwards by one of our friends to get us into safety.
‘I could see everyone surrounding this 4×4, but there was nowhere for us to go, so we had to hide in the back of the marquee. Everyone was shouting to ‘get down and hide’, which is what we were doing.’
‘When I could see the car coming towards me, I could see everyone kicking and punching the car trying to stop it and then the next minute I could see the guy on the floor. I didn’t see him very clearly because everyone was surrounding him.’
Partygoers were injured after a car smashed into a the nightclub in Gravesend during the gig
Shocked witnesses told how the car smashed into the nightclub in Kent on Saturday night
Other recordings show the car with its number plate hanging off and a smashed windscreen having crashed in the middle of the dancefloor.
Sonny Powar said he saw two people get hit by the car before the driver was pulled from the vehicle.
He said: ‘We ripped the tent wall apart and got out and called the police. It was a complete mess of panic and chaos.
‘Whilst we were doing so, I saw many injured people, someone limping along and another person with a bandage around their head.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector David Chewter said: ‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the security staff at the nightclub as well as those members of the public who helped in the initial moments after the collision.
‘Many people were injured as a result of the incident but none of their injuries are described as life-threatening or life-changing.
At least 13 were injured after a car smashed into the club as witnesses reported their terror
‘However, we believe there may be more casualties out there who are yet to come forward and talk to us – we would like to hear from them as we continue to build a clear picture of what happened that night.’
BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson posted footage of the aftermath on Twitter as revellers fled the dancefloor amid scenes of chaos.
He said: ‘My God I nearly died. I’m in this club and this car came through the f***ing club, look.’
A Blake’s nightclub spokesman said on Facebook yesterday: ‘Blake’s would like to thank the Kent Police, Fire Brigade and Emergency services for their Swift response last night and continued support.
‘We would also like to thank our door staff who risked their lives for the safety of everyone in the venue and according to the police ensured the incident did not become fatal.
They added today: ‘The kind words and support has been overwhelming. Everyone here at Blake’s is grateful for all of the love. We will be back stronger with you all in no time.’
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