Six people were injured in the crash, some seriously, and the motorist also drove past Bellairz nightclub on the corner of Shoreham Street and Mary Street before driving off in the early hours of Sunday July 10.
This morning a man working nearby said he realized the car had been driven the wrong way down Shoreham Street before heading towards a group of people outside the nightclub.
“I’ve worked here quite a long time and there have been quite a few accidents but never anything like this,” he added.
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Another person said when he arrived at the site yesterday morning there was broken glass all over the floor and the whole area had been cordoned off.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police said they were treating the crash as a “targeted incident” and believed the vehicle had been “deliberately used to cause harm and damage”.
Officers described how six people were treated for injuries, ranging from “walking casualties to more serious injuries”, but fortunately no one appeared to have suffered life-threatening injuries. They said other people may have been injured but did not seek medical attention.
This morning only a small piece of police tape remained in place at the scene after the cordon was lifted.
Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: ‘At this stage of the investigation we believe this was a targeted incident and the vehicle was used deliberately to cause harm and damage.
“This is clearly an incredibly serious and dangerous offence, and we have a full force team of officers working to move the investigations forward and identify those involved as quickly as possible.
“We want to hear from you if you were on Shoreham Street in the early morning and may have seen what happened before, during or after the collision.
“I would also ask anyone who may have CCTV that we haven’t seen yet, or if you were driving in the Shoreham Street area and have dashcam footage, to get in touch as well.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 and quote incident 171 of July 10.