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6 hurt as vehicle crashes into pedestrians in Newcastle, England

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday morning after a car ran into pedestrians outside a Newcastle, England, sports center where people were reportedly gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid Fitr. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

Northumbria police said they arrested a 42-year-old woman. The force said it was not looking for other suspects. They said a full investigation was underway to determine what happened outside Westgate Sports Center in the northern English city.

“There is nothing to suggest that this is terror-related,” police said.

The ambulance service said three children and three adults were being treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

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Video on social media, apparently taken minutes after the crash, showed dozens of people in Muslim dress, including children, screaming and rushing forward to see what happened.

Map shows location of Newcastle in northeastern England.
Map shows location of Newcastle in northeastern England.
(Los Angeles Times.)

A statement from the nearby Newcastle Central Mosque said the collision took place just as people were leaving Eid prayers.

Newcastle lawmaker Chi Onwurah, who said on Twitter that she was one of thousands celebrating Eid in the city, tweeted: “I was at the prayers earlier and there was so much joy and unity. Thinking of those affected by what I am told was terrible accident.”

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Britain is on high alert for terror-related incidents involving vehicles after a string of recent attacks. A man drove a van into Muslim worshipers leaving two London mosques on June 19, killing one and injuring others. Police said that was a terrorist attack directed at Muslims.

Police in Newcastle said extra officers were on patrol to reassure people.

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UPDATES:

5:30 a.m.: Updated with comments from the mosque and a lawmaker.

This article was first published at 4:25 a.m.


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