A car drove into a screaming crowd at the Congleton Christmas market on Saturday afternoon.

British tabloid The Sun reports that families with young children and elderly people jumped out of the way as the vehicle sped through the crowd.

The car is said to have tried to capture the approximately 800 visitors to the Christmas market at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

The vehicle was a VW Golf, which was found abandoned shortly after the incident.

According to police, no one was injured in the incident - three men were arrested.

"It was absolutely horrifying," business owner Steve Brown told The Sun.

“A car has criss-crossed the High Street, which is packed with stalls and people.

There are hundreds of people here, people with children and dogs and many traders.

I saw an elderly lady who had to jump out of the way - she is very upset.

We all are.”