Six people injured after car collides with pedestrians in Newcastle

Police say they are not treating it as a terror incident

A car has hit pedestrians outside Westgate Community Centre on Westgate Road in Newcastle, injuring six people.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that a 42-year-old woman has been arrested.

It is believed that some of the injured are children.

The Westgate Centre is a multipurpose venue, and is used by Newcastle University for ‘Hall Sport’ 5-a-side competitions.

Shortly after 9am this morning, as hundreds of Muslims were leaving Eid prayers, which represents the end of Ramadam, a vehicle leaving the car-park hit people as they exited the community centre.

Shortly before midday, Northumbria Police confirmed that a full investigation was underway, but as yet there was “no suggestion” that the incident was a terror related.

Early witness reports indicate that the woman driving the car appeared to have “lost control” of the vehicle.

There were estimated to be around 300 to 40o Muslims in the area at the time.

More to follow.

Did you see anything near the Westgate Community Centre this morning? Please email [email protected] or call Northumbria Police on 101.

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