LONDON (Reuters) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three people were found dead on a street in Nottingham, central England, and three others were in hospital after an attempt to run them over, police said. a truck.
Police said two people were found dead on a road in the city center just after 4 am (0300 GMT), before officers were alerted to another incident not far away in which a person driving a truck attempted to run over three people.
They are treated in the hospital.
Another man was also found dead on a road outside the city centre.
“This is a horrific and tragic accident that claimed the lives of three people,” said Police Chief Kate Mennell.
“We believe these three incidents are all linked and we have a man under arrest. This investigation is in its early stages and a team of investigators is working to determine exactly what happened,” he added.
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and was in police custody. There was no indication of a motive for the incident, but the police statement did not mention the involvement of counter-terrorism officers.
East Midlands Ambulance Service said it was “too early to comment on casualties or the exact nature of the accident”.
A woman identified only as Lyn told BBC TV she saw a car hit a man and a woman who were lying in the street.
“He went straight to these two people. The woman went on the sidewalk, and the man went up in the air. There was such an explosion. I wish I’d never seen it. It really shook me.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak thanked the police and emergency services for their response to the terrible incident in Nottingham and said the police should be given time to do their job.
“My thoughts are with the injured, and with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives,” he wrote on Twitter.
Several major roads have been closed and Nottingham’s tram network has been suspended. Emergency services personnel were visible across the city.
Most parts of the city will remain closed while the investigation continues, Mennell said.
Alex Norris, MP for Nottingham, said on Twitter: “Terrible news for our city to wake up to today.” “Our community’s thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”
Writing by Michael Holden; Reporting by Sarah Young and Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Kate Holton, Kevin Levy and Alexandra Hudson
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