Three (Muslim?) men have been arrested by police after a Volkswagen Golf drove down the pedestrian area of a town centre busy with families and children enjoying festivities at the Congleton Christmas market. Name of the driver and car occupants have not yet been released (more than 48 hours after story broke).
(Note: In the past several years, Muslims in Europe have been behind several Christmas market vehicle-jihad attacks)
Birmingham Mail Emergency services have been called to a Christmas Market this evening amid reports a car has ‘driven into the crowd’. Eye witnesses say there were around 800 people – including families with small children – enjoying the festivities at Congleton Christmas Market when a car ‘doing at least 50mph ploughed into the crowd’.
Steve Brown, owner of Steve Brown Antiques in the High Street, said he was just closing his shop when he heard tyres screeching and people screaming.
Steve, 58, said: “It was absolutely horrendous. A car has come screeching down the High Street – which is full of stalls and people. There are hundreds of people here, people with kids and dogs and lots of traders. He said the police have arrived on the scene, but that he and others “don’t really know what’s happening yet”.
Another business owner said that his staff had “heard something”. He described the sound as: “Like a skidding, screeching sound, like somebody putting the brakes on in the car.
No serious injuries have yet been reported. Cheshire police are yet to comment on the incident.
[UPDATE] Recent remarks on the incident: