A 13-year-old girl has been injured when a gun was fired in Tower Hamlets.

It appears that the car in which she was driving, a Mitsubishi Colt, was hit near Brick Lane on Wednesday evening.

The driver of the car, a 23-year-old man, drove straight to Bethnal Green station and told officers the car had been struck and the girl had received a minor injury. Police immediately checked over his vehicle. An apparent bullet hole was made in the tailgate of the car.

Sarah Woolley, 28, was near the police station when the man arrived. She told the Evening Standard: “The car was a grey Mitsubishi parked opposite the station. It was facing in the wrong direction. Its sides were dented in and there was a big pool of dark liquid under the car.

“At least a dozen police and other station staff rushed out of the building. Everyone was peering into the back window of the car and pointing at something.”

The girl, who had not received a bullet wound, was given first aid by officers and then taken in an ambulance to an east London hospital to receive treatment.

Police sealed off the scene, in Dunbridge Road, and closed surrounding roads while they carried a search. No arrests have been made and police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information should contact detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.