Six hurt as car mounts pavement in England

LONDON • At least six people were injured yesterday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports centre in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said.

Three of the injured were children, reported the Sunday Express. One of the children was said to be in critical condition and there were unconfirmed reports that one child was stuck beneath the car.

Local media said hundreds of people were marking the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan at the sports centre.

"On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9.14am, Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne," the police said in a statement.

"Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident."

Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.

Video recordings taken in the aftermath of the crash showed people running towards the scene as police sirens wailed in the background, reported The Sunday Express.

Armed police and a police helicopter were dispatched to the accident site. The incident comes in the wake of a recent terror attack on a group of Muslims at London's Finsbury Park.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2017, with the headline 'Six hurt as car mounts pavement in England'. Print Edition | Subscribe