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Six hurt as car hits Eid crowds

SIX people, including three children, were hurt when a car ploughed into a crowd gathering for Eid prayers.

Two children were in intensive care last night and an adult was in a high dependency unit, while three others were said to have been ‘seriously’ hurt.

The vehicle crashed into worshippers celebrating the end of Ramadan at Westgate Sports Centre, in Newcastle.

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A 42-year-old woman was arrested after the collision. Police stressed the incident was not terror-related.

Witness Uman Nyanzi said: ‘It was a complete freak accident. She was praying with us just before this happened. It looked like she pressed the gas instead of the brake and she lost control.

‘The first person knocked down was a little boy. He was bleeding heavily from his shoulder. His mother was hysterical,’ he said. ‘It was a terrible accident. I will pray for that little boy.’

Ambulance crews took the injured to the Royal Victoria Infirmary within minutes of the crash, which happened at 9.15am yesterday. Asst Ch Con Darren Best, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘This is a serious collision with multiple casualties and extensive inquiries are ongoing.’

A statement from Newcastle Central Mosque read: ‘We pray and hope all those affected recover fully soon and thank the emergency services and over 100 volunteers from the mosque for their quick response to the incident.’

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, tweeted: ‘So sad. I was at prayers earlier and there were so much joy and unity. Thinking of those affected.’