>> A vehicle plowing into pedestrians at Finsbury Park in North London just after midnight. Police say at least eight people have been hospitalized, with two facing very serious injuries, one person died at the scene. The police stress it may not be a direct result of the attack, the individual was already receiving first aid as it unfolded.
This act's already been described by the British Council of Muslims, the UKs largest Muslim organisation, as a deliberate act of Islamophobia. I'm Reuters' Jacob Greaves, reporting from the crime scene which is close to one of the UK's largest mosques and comes during the holy month of Ramadan. Where people attend night time prayers, authorities are yet to give any motive for the attack.
But British Prime Minister Theresa May has said police are treating it as a potential terrorist incident. In dramatic moments immediately after the incident, police say the van driver was initially detained by members of the public before an arrest was made. The strength shown by those people commended by police, the detained 48 year old is set to undergo a mental health assessment.
It is believed he acted alone, eyewitnesses described the events as they unfolded.>> Basically, he drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the Muslims and as he's coming to them, he hit all of them. And the van actually turned left, with no indication, suddenly, just deliberately left and just hit the people.
>> The instance comes after a string of attacks in the UK in recent months. Earlier in June, knife-wielding militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking passersby. Tickertape and police cordons, an increasingly common sight on UK streets as police assess the motive behind this latest attack.