Detectives investigating a hit and run that left two people critically wounded in hospital have made two arrests.

Police were called at 02: 43hrs on Sunday, 25 September, following reports that four pedestrians had been struck by a car in Kingsley Road close to the junction with Taunton Avenue.

The pedestrians, all men in their early 20s, were taken to hospital. Two remain in a critical condition while the others were treated for non-life changing injuries.

The driver of the car did not stop at the scene.

Detectives launched an urgent investigation and shortly before 19: 00hrs on the same day, they arrested a 20-year-old man at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of attempted murder.

He had booked a flight and was planning to leave the country.

A second man was also arrested nearby on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Thrower said: “This was a serious incident that will have shocked the local community.

“Two men are in hospital fighting for their lives and our thoughts are with them and their families.

“Officers have acted without delay to identify a suspect. The arrest – which happened as the man was trying to fly out of the UK – is a timely and crucial development in this ongoing investigation.

“We will continue at pace as we work to establish what happened and to get justice for the victims.

“I would continue to urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Information can be providing by calling 101 or tweeting @MetCC with the reference 921/25SEP.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.