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London man appears in court following Gravesend nightclub incident

Updated at 4.20pm on Monday 19 March 2018.

A London man charged with attempted murder after an incident at a Gravesend nightclub which injured a number of people has appeared in court.

Kent Police was called at 11.47pm on Saturday 17 March after a Suzuki Vitara collided with Blake’s nightclub in Queen Street.
 
A man was arrested at the scene and at least 13 people have been reported injured as a result.

The incident is not being treated as terror-related.
 
Mohammed Abdul, 21, of McMillan Street, London has been charged with attempted murder.
 
He was remanded and is due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 16 April.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector David Chewter from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘We have reason to believe the person responsible for the vehicle colliding with the nightclub had been asked to leave the venue earlier on in the evening.
 
‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the security staff at the nightclub as well as those members of the public who helped in the initial moments after the collision.
 
‘Many people were injured as a result of the incident but none of their injuries are described as life-threatening or life-changing.
 
‘However, we believe there may be more casualties out there who are yet to come forward and talk to us – we would like to hear from them as we continue to build a clear picture of what happened that night.’

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