A mother was left ‘screaming hysterically’ after finding out her son had been hit and killed by a van fleeing the scene of a street fight where two men were stabbed last night.
Police rushed to Chislehurst in south-east London at around 8.50pm following reports of men fighting near the Gordon Arms pub.
The men were rushed to hospital for treatment after paramedics found they were suffering from stab injuries – although these are not thought to be life-threatening.
Just minutes later, a male pedestrian believed to be in his thirties was killed by a van near Slades Drive half a mile away from the scene.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘We saw all these men running. There was between six to nine of them and initially I thought they were play fighting.
‘Then as we drove a bit further we saw some of them had these long bats in their hands.
‘We parked up at home and they were running towards us.
‘Suddenly a man in a pink top fell over and the van just went for him on the green.
‘My mum’s mate ran over and gave him CPR as she’s first aid trained but sadly she couldn’t save him.
‘She’s in shock as it was so traumatic. He had an awful injury on his neck – it was open with blood pouring out.
‘The victim’s mum came down with other family and was screaming hysterically when they told her he had died. They were shouting his name Frank.’
Her friend added: ‘It seemed like a gang fight. We saw it break out and then watched it carry on from the house. I was just trying to make sure my mum and sister were alright if it spilled out.
‘I saw the van go onto the green and then I heard someone go ‘oh they’ve hit him’.
‘They parked up by the kerb and all hopped out on the corner.
‘There was this huge brawl which started in the corner of the field. Two people were standing over the man on his back hitting him with bats before another four or five people jumped in on him.
‘It looked like a huge scuffle but only one guy appeared to be getting the flak.’
Met Police said the van did not stop following the collision, and was found abandoned nearby.
A spokesman said the two incidents are currently being treated as linked, while extensive cordons and road closures are in place. No arrests have been yet made.
Investigators in blue overalls set up a forensics tent on grass near to the scene of the collision and were seen working through the night.
‘Police were called at 20:52hrs on Friday, 24 July to Belmont Road in Chislehurst following reports of men fighting,’ the spokesman said.
‘Police and London Ambulance Service attended and found two men with stab injuries. They were taken to hospital and their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
‘At 20:54hrs police were alerted to a collision involving a van and a pedestrian near to Slades Drive, Chislehurst.
‘The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his thirties, died at the scene. The van did not stop at the scene and was found abandoned nearby.
‘Enquiries are in their early stages however these incidents are currently being treated as linked.
‘Extensive cordons and road closures are in place as enquiries continue. There have been no arrests.’
A post-mortem examination will be held on the man who was hit by the van and formal identification has not taken place, police said. However, his next of kin has been informed.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, said: ‘All three men sustained their injuries in a small area close to the Gordon Arms pub.
‘I believe that there are people who may have witnessed the fight, and one of the victims being struck by a van, who are yet to speak with us. I would urge them to come forward.
‘I would also like to hear from anyone who captured any images on their mobile phones. This could play an important part in our investigation.’
He urged anyone with information about either incident to contact police on 101, quoting CAD 8031 of July 24.