Thirteen people have been injured – four of them seriously – after a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians in Kent.1crasgThe accident happened in front of police officers, who had been called to the scene to deal with speeding drivers in Rochester. More than 20 ambulance staff were brought in. South East Coast Ambulance Service said those most badly hurt had been taken to King’s College Hospital in London.

Kent Police said they were all men, aged between 20 and 50. Their injuries are not said to be life-threatening. The other nine were treated at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham. An 18-year-old man from Eltham in southeast London was taken into custody after being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The local force said in a statement: “Officers were called to reports of a disturbance involving nuisance vehicles in Sir Thomas Longley Road and, while they were in attendance, a collision took place between a car and a number of pedestrians at 10.16pm.”

“We are conducting numerous enquiries into this incident and would like to speak to anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers,” said Sergeant Scott Lynch, from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.