Knowle West ‘terror attack’ was man suffering mental health crisis, say police

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A man who drove a car in to a house while shouting “Allah” was not carrying out a terror attack, say police.

The incident took place at 7.40pm on Newquay Road in Knowle West and involved a dark blue Nissan Note car.

Bystanders said that the man – who has not been named by police – drove the car in to the porch of a house on the corner of Newquay Road and Throgmorton Road.

Accounts of the incident circulating on social media reported that the man was seen getting out of the car and shouting the word “Allah” and “if I die you won’t know where the second bomb is”.

People also claim to have seen the man expose himself.

Knowle West 'terror attack' was man suffering mental health crisis, say police

The incident took place at the junction of Newquay Road and Throgmorton Road in Knowle West
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Onlookers reported that the man was tasered several times but this has not been confirmed by the police.

Officers attended the incident and arrested a man for a public order offence.

No-one was injured in the crash.

Images and video of the scene have been shared widely on social media, with many calling the incident a “terror attack”.

But Avon and Somerset Police have insisted that the incident had nothing to do with terror or extremism and instead say the driver was suffering from a mental health crisis.

A police spokesperson told the Bristol Post: “We were called to deal with an incident in Throgmorton Road, Knowle, at around 7.40pm this evening.

“A man was arrested for a public order offence and was taken to hospital for treatment. He’s believed to have suffered a mental health crisis and will be assessed.

“No-one else was injured during this incident.

“Officers have been carrying out reassurance patrols of the area to deal with any local residents’ concerns.”