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Vehicle hits pedestrians in Newcastle

26 Juin 2017

Six people, including three children, were injured when a vehicle mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people participating in an event to celebrate Eid outside a sports centre in northeast England today.

A woman arrested after she crashed her auto into a crowd following Eid celebrations with her family has been released on bail. Asst Ch Con Darren Best, of Northumbria Police, said: 'This is a serious collision with multiple casualties and extensive inquiries are ongoing'.

Ambulance crews took the injured to the Royal Victoria Infirmary within minutes of the crash, which happened at 9.15am yesterday.

Northumbria Police said they arrested a 42-year-old woman, who remains in police custody.

Events are taking place across the United Kingdom, with the largest of those, Eid in the Park, happening in Birmingham.

BRITISH police on Sunday said they did not suspect terrorism was involved when a auto ploughed into a group of Muslims leaving Eid prayers in Newcastle, northeast England.

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Police say two children remain in pediatric intensive care and one adult is receiving treatment in the trauma high dependency unit.

A full investigation into the collision has begun but a spokesman said police were not looking for any other suspects.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The Eid in the Open event had been organised by Newcastle Central Mosque. Witnesses said prayers had ended but people were gathered in the auto park afterwards. "The injured were immediately attended to by the emergency medical services and the police", it said. A more recent incident happened at the Finsbury Park Mosque, where a man plowed a van into a group of worshippers leaving the mosque, killing one man and injuring 10 others.

"We want to reassure the public that extra officers are on patrol around our communities to answer questions and any concerns they might have", Best said.

"We were able to clear the area promptly ensuring there was no delay in the injured being attended to".