A car has plowed into people gathering for Eid prayers near a Newcastle mosque, UK media reports. Six people have been injured and a female driver has been arrested, police said.
The crash occurred outside the Westgate Sports Centre, according to a Northumbria Police statement.
On Sunday June 25, at approx 9.14am Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Police enquiries are on-going to establish exactly what happened but, at thit time, it is not believed to be a terror incident.
Emergencies services are currently at the scene and five casualties have been confirmed.
Police have arrested a 42-year-old woman who is currently in police custody.
Northumbria Police initially reported that five people had been injured, but later revised the number to six.
Three of those injured were children, according to North East Ambulance Service.
“We have taken six people to hospital, of which three are children and three are adults,” it said in a statement, as cited by ITV.
One witness, told the Chronicle that there are two children among the injured.
“The lady lost control of the car and hit some people. Two of them were kids,” he said.
“It was chaos, everyone was panicking.
People just don’t know what is going on these days.
Terrorism is what everyone was thinking straight away.”
The moment a car ploughed into pedestrians after Eid prayers in Newcastle (West road) pic.twitter.com/GscDSQLuDd
— Harris (@MrHarrisAhmed) June 25, 2017
Today’s incident occurred just one week after a man deliberately drove into worshippers outside a mosque in London.
It also follows a string of terrorist attacks in the UK, which have included an attack on London Bridge that killed eight people and injured 48 earlier this month.
Last month, a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena left 23 dead and 119 injured.
An attack near the Houses of Parliament in March killed four people and injured more than 50.