Manchester driver ploughs into crowds at Harpurhey shopping centre


Seven people were taken to hospital after a car was driven into a crowd of people at a shopping centre in north Manchester. 

Emergency services were called to the Asda at Harpurhey shopping centre just before 3.30pm today after reports that a car had collided with people and two vehicles.

An 80-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Seven people were taken to hospital after a car was driven into a crowd of people at a shopping centre in north Manchester 

Seven people were taken to hospital after a car was driven into a crowd of people at a shopping centre in north Manchester 

Seven people were taken to hospital after a car was driven into a crowd of people at a shopping centre in north Manchester 

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) described four of those injured as 'walking wounded'

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) described four of those injured as 'walking wounded'

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) described four of those injured as ‘walking wounded’

According to police the incident is not terror-related.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) described four of them as ‘walking wounded’.

Two others suffered leg injuries, the extent of which are not yet known.

Witnesses said ambulances were scrambled to the scene, as well as police.

The air ambulance has also been called.

An NWAS spokesman said: ‘We were called to Lee Road at 3.25pm to reports that a car had collided with six pedestrians.

Emergency services were called to the Asda at Harpurhey shopping centre just before 3.30pm today

Emergency services were called to the Asda at Harpurhey shopping centre just before 3.30pm today

Emergency services were called to the Asda at Harpurhey shopping centre just before 3.30pm today

‘We have a number of resources at the scene, including six ambulances and two senior clinicians.

‘There are four walking wounded, two others have leg injuries.’

The service later tweeted: ‘Our crews were called to a large scale incident in Harpurhey, Manchester at 15:25pm.

‘We’ve had six ambulances at the scene along with the air ambulance and three senior clinicians. Six patients are being treated for serious injuries after a collision with a vehicle.’

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Officers are appealing for witnesses after a multiple car collision in Harpurhey.

‘Shortly before 3.30pm today (Monday 16 April 2018), police were called to a supermarket car park to reports of a collision.

‘A Kia Venga had been involved in a collision with two cars and a number of pedestrians. Seven pedestrians were taken to hospital for treatment where they remain and an 80-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

‘He remains in custody for questioning. Enquiries into the full circumstances around the incident are ongoing and witnesses are encouraged to come forward.’

Police Sergeant Brian Orr of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘While we have seven injured people receiving treatment and a man in custody, our enquiries continue to find out exactly what has happened.

‘Our investigations at the scene will continue for some time and there will be disruption to people in the local area but we need to make sure we get every piece of evidence possible to build a full picture of the circumstances.

‘It’s quite a busy area so if anyone saw anything but has not yet been in contact with us, please make sure that’s the next thing you do.’

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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