Car drives into crowd of hundreds at packed Christmas market prompting three arrests

26 November 2022, 20:07 | Updated: 28 November 2022, 11:25

The car drove down Bridge Street in Congleton
The car drove down Bridge Street in Congleton. Picture: Google Street View

By Adam Solomons

Police arrested three men after a car ploughed into a crowd of screaming shoppers at a Christmas market this afternoon.

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Around 800 people were at Congleton Christmas Market, Cheshire when a silver VW Golf sped through the pedestrianised area at more than 50mph.

Eyewitnesses described panicked members of the public jumping out the way of the rushing vehicle, which ploughed through the market at around 4pm.

No one was hurt and the incident "doesn't appear to be terror-related", Cheshire Police said this evening.

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Business owner Steve Brown told the Stoke Sentinel: 'It was absolutely horrendous.'

'There are hundreds of people here, people with kids and dogs and lots of traders.'

'I saw one elderly lady who had to jump out of the way - she's very shook up. We all are.'

Shoppers tried to chase after the vehicle as it passed by, but were unable to reach it.

Cheshire Police said the Golf "turned down the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street where the market was taking place, causing alarm to shoppers and residents.

"The car was found abandoned shortly after. Three men were promptly arrested and are in custody.

"Fortunately, no-one was hurt during the incident."

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