A MURDER probe has been launched after a pedestrian was killed by a van fleeing a stabbing attack.
Cops rushed to Chislehurst, South East London, at 8.50pm last night following reports of a fight between ten men near the Gordon Arms pub.
Moments later, a 34-year-old man was killed by a van half a mile down the road.
Cops said the driver did not stop and the blue van was found abandoned nearby.
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Two men aged 30 and 26 were found near the pub with stab injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.
They have since been arrested on suspicion of murder and continue to be quizzed in custody.
Cops tonight confirmed a third man, 20, has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The Met Police said the incidents are being linked and murder cops are investigating.
Horrified witnesses claim the mum of the victim, named locally as Frank, had rushed down to the scene with family and was “screaming hysterically”.
One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she saw up to nine men running with bats before the pedestrian was mowed down on a green.
She added: “My mum’s mate ran over and gave him CPR as she’s first aid trained but sadly she couldn’t save him.
“She’s in shock as it was so traumatic. He had an awful injury on his neck – it was open with blood pouring out.”
Her friend added: “It seemed like a gang fight. We saw it break out and then watched it carry on from the house. I was just trying to make sure my mum and sister were alright if it spilled out.
“I saw the van go onto the green and then I heard someone go ‘oh they’ve hit him’.
“They parked up by the kerb and all hopped out on the corner.
“There was this huge brawl which started in the corner of the field. Two people were standing over the man on his back hitting him with bats before another four or five people jumped in on him.
“It looked like a huge scuffle but only one guy appeared to be getting the flak.”
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward following the horror.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, said: “All three men sustained their injuries in a small area close to the Gordon Arms pub.
“I believe that there are people who may have witnessed the fight, and one of the victims being struck by a van, who are yet to speak with us.
“I would urge them to come forward.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who captured any images on their mobile phones. This could play an important part in our investigation.”
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622 or police via 101 quoting reference Cad 8031/24July.