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Thirteen injured and man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after car driven into Gravesend nightclub

Several of those hurt suffered broken bones Photo: ITV News

Thirteen people have been injured and a 21 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was driven into a nightclub in Gravesend.

Several of those hurt suffered broken bones but none of their injuries are described as life-threatening or life-changing.

Kent Police said they believe the driver had been asked to leave Blake's nightclub in Queen Street following an altercation.

Witnesses described "a complete mess of panic and chaos" in the wake of the incident shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Video posted on social media showed a Suzuki Vitara, headlights still shining, on a dancefloor inside a marquee at the Blake's nightclub.

In another clip, security staff appear to surround the driver, and a reveller can be heard asking: "Why did he try and do that?".

Another replies: "I'm so confused."

Others told how they ripped open the sides of the marquee to escape the panic.

Witness Sonny Powar said he saw two people get hit by the car before the driver was pulled from the vehicle.

"(It was) just a normal night out at Blake's Nightclub in Gravesend in Kent," Mr Powar said. He claimed that "some guy wasn't let into the club or got kicked out so he drove his 4x4 into the tent we was all in.

"It stopped at my feet, so any further and I could have died, then he reversed up and we all ran.

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

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

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson posted a video from inside the club on Twitter.

He said in the video: "My god I nearly died, so I'm in this club and this car came through the f****** club.

"A guy who didn't get in drove through the club."

Kent Police said the incident was not considered to be terror-related.

They continued: "Kent Police has arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident in Gravesend where a number of people have been injured when a car drove into a nightclub building.

"The driver of the vehicle who is believed to have been asked to leave the nightclub earlier that evening following an altercation has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody."

At Blake's we strive to create a safe and positive environment for all to enjoy. Last night however, the unpredictable and selfish actions of one individual, ruined a great occasion for all.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to our guests and staff that were impacted by this incident. Although we are deeply saddened that injuries occurred, we are grateful that no one was fatally hurt. We see our guests as family and we want to extend our concerns with them and the entire community of Gravesend, many of which bravely aided the staff and emergency services.

"Thank you to the heroic actions of our door team and guests to apprehend the individual before further harm was caused.

"We sincerely request that everyone effected and concerned please allow some time for the authorities to conduct their investigations. We are working tirelessly to ensure the necessary actions are taken against the individual in custody.

"Further information will be provided when permitted.

"In the meantime we will do our best to provide support and make sure any guests who are still waiting to collect belongings from our club are able to collect as soon as possible.

"We are grateful for the support and well wishes."

– Blake's