On Tuesday, police in the English city of Nottingham arrested a man on suspicion of murder following a series of related incidents in the early morning. A van struck and tragically killed three individuals, while three others sustained injuries.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Kate Meynell, described the incident as horrific and tragic.Two individuals discovered on one street shortly after 4 a.m., while authorities located the third on a different street.
The three individuals injured by the van were located at another site and are currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital. No immediate updates on their condition have been provided.
Witness Lynn Haggitt told reporters that a white van pulled up beside her at 5:30 a.m. and she saw the driver look in his mirror and spot a police car approaching slowly from behind without its lights on. The van then drove into a man and woman at a street corner.
“He went straight into them, he didn’t even bother to turn, just went back straight into them,” Haggitt said. “The lady ended up on the curb, and then he backed up the white van and he went, speeded up Parliament Street with the police cars following him.”
She said the man appeared to have a head injury but was helped to his feet. The woman was sitting on the curb and appeared to be OK.
Police gave no immediate indication of a possible motive. The investigation was being led by local police, not counterterrorism officers.
“We believe these three incidents are all linked and we have a man in custody,” Meynell said. “This investigation is at its early stages and a team of detectives is working to establish exactly what has happened.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described the incident as shocking and requested that people allow the police time to investigate the crime.
“My thoughts are with those injured, and the family and loved ones of those who have lost their lives,” Sunak said.
Images on social media showed police, some with rifles, standing near cordons at several locations in the city center.
The city’s tram network said it had suspended all services.
The English city of Nottingham is about 350,000 people, some 120 miles (190 kilometres) north of London.