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Six injured after vehicle drives into crowd in Newcastle

Six injured after vehicle drives into crowd in Newcastle

Police have said they believe the incident to be an accident and not terror related.

No fewer than six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians gathered for the Eid al-Fitr (Sallah) prayer in Newcastle, United Kingdom.

The latest incident comes just days after the Finsbury Park suspected Islamophobic terror attack when a white male rammed his van through worshippers outside a mosque.

Six people, including three children, have been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Six people have been injured and a female driver has been arrested, police said.

According to one eyewitness, the auto only stopped after someone jumped in and applied the handbrake.

Video recordings taken in the aftermath of the crash showed people running towards the scene as police sirens wailed in the background, reported The Sunday Express. "Terrorism is what everyone was thinking straight away." .

The crash occurred outside the Westgate Sports Centre, according to a Northumbria Police statement.

Newcastle Central Mosque thanked the emergency response and confirmed it was backed by a large number of volunteers from the mosque.

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Armed police are at the scene of a crash after a vehicle reportedly smashed into several people after Eid prayers in Newcastle.

"Emergencies services are now at the scene and six casualties have been confirmed".

Today police said their investigation is continuing with the woman released on conditional bail.

"We were able to clear the area promptly ensuring there was no delay in the injured being attended to". She was praying with us just before this happened.

One witness told the Newcastle Chronicle: 'This was the Eid celebrations, the end of Ramadan.

"Emergency services are in attendance and enquiries are on-going".

An arrest has been made after reports of the incident.


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