Police arrest man, 20, at Heathrow Airport ‘who was trying to flee the UK’ on suspicion of attempted murder after four were run over by car in ‘hit-and-run’ in west London
- A Met Police statement said officers made the arrest before 7pm on Sunday
- Four men in their early 20s were struck by a hit-and-run driver at 2.43am Sunday
- Two of the victims are currently battling life-threatening conditions in hospital
- The two others sustained injuries which have been assessed as life-changing
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man at Heathrow Airport ‘who was trying to flee the UK’ on suspicion of attempted murder after four men were hit by a car in west London.
The Metropolitan Police were called at 2.43am on Sunday after reports that four people had been struck by a car in Kingsley Road, close to the junction with Taunton Avenue, in Hounslow.
The pedestrians, all men in their early 20s, were taken to hospital where two remain in a critical condition.
The two others were treated for non-life changing injuries.
The driver of the car did not stop at the scene, police said. The vehicle involved in the crash, a Nissan Qashqai, was found by police in Hounslow a short time later.
Detectives launched an investigation and arrested a 20-year-old man at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of attempted murder just before 7pm.
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man at Heathrow Airport (pictured) ‘who was trying to flee the UK’ on suspicion of attempted murder after four men were hit by a car in west London
Two men in their early 20s are fighting for their lives and two others suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Taunton Avenue, Hounslow (pictured)
Police said he had booked a flight and was planning to leave the country.
A second man was also arrested nearby on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Thrower said: ‘This was a serious incident that will have shocked the local community.
‘Two men are in hospital fighting for their lives and our thoughts are with them and their families. Officers have acted without delay to identify a suspect.
‘The arrest – which happened as the man was trying to fly out of the UK – is a timely and crucial development in this ongoing investigation.
‘We will continue at pace as we work to establish what happened and to get justice for the victims. I would continue to urge anyone with information to come forward.’
Information can be provided by calling 101 or tweeting @MetCC with the reference 921/25SEP or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.