Three people have died and another three injured following a series of attacks in the UK city of Nottingham early on Tuesday morning.

According to one eyewitness, the pair who were stabbed in Ilkeston Road were a “girl, and a man or boy” who “looked quite young”.

No details have emerged so far about the man found dead in Magdala Road.

Police said the three injured in Milton Street were being treated in hospital.

Among the injured were a man and a woman. One eyewitness, who saw them struck by a van, said: “The woman was sitting up on the kerb – she looked OK. The man was laying down but then he got up.

“But I just can’t believe he was able to get up.”

We have no details yet about the third injured person.

What are eyewitnesses saying?

Lynn Haggitt witnessed the van being driven into two people in Milton Street.

She said she saw the driver look in his mirror and see a police car behind him. At that point, he “quickened up” before going “straight into” them, she said.

“The woman went on the kerb and the man went up in the air,” she said. “It was such a bang – I wish I never saw it – it’s really shaken me up.”

“I went over. Perhaps I shouldn’t have gone over, but I wanted to see if I could help.”

Another eyewitness said he saw a young man and young woman stabbed in Ilkeston Road at about 04:00 BST.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he looked out of the window and saw a “guy dressed all in black with a hood and rucksack grappling with some people. It was a girl, and a man or boy she was with – they looked quite young.

“She was screaming ‘help!’ I just wish I’d shouted something out of the window to unnerve the assailant.

“I saw him stab the lad first and then the woman. It was repeated stabbing – four or five times. The lad collapsed in the middle of the road.”

The man said he phoned 999 and police arrived within five minutes. Paramedics spent 40 minutes trying to revive the pair, he added.

What’s the police response been?

Police said the investigation was in its early stages and they needed to work out the motive behind the attacks.

They said they were keeping an “open mind” and working alongside counter-terrorism policing, as would normally be the case for an incident like this.

One man, arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in custody and police don’t believe anyone else was involved.

Around lunchtime, armed police raided a property in Ilkeston Road where two people were earlier found dead.

Officers knocked the door down and police are now outside the property.

In Magdala Road, where one man was found dead, police have set up a forensics tent.

Damage to a van is photographed by officers

Forensic officers were also looking at a dented white Vauxhall van in Bentinck Road near the scene of the arrest.

A dedicated police phone line has been set up and anyone concerned about family or friends can call 0800 096 1011.

BBC/Simeon Ugbodovon

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