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Incident at Westgate Sports Centre

26 Jun 2017 16:30 PM

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UPDATE: Police were notified of the event on the morning of Sunday June 25th and as a result officers and special constables were deployed at the scene to oversee the celebrations.

The collision took place on site at the rear of the Sports Centre and officers at the scene took immediate control while more officers and other emergency services were deployed.

A 42-year-old local woman was arrested by police for causing serious injury by dangerous driving; she has now been released on conditional bail pending further investigation.

Three children and three adults were initially taken to hospital following the collision and as it currently stands, one child and two adults have been discharged.

One 7-year-old child remains in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition. The remaining injured are all now stable and remain in hospital at this time with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Specially trained family liaison officers are working with the families affected by the collision to ensure they have support throughout this difficult time.

Officers are on patrol in and around our communities to reassure members of the public and address any concerns.

Anyone with any information or footage of the collision please contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 277 25/06/17.

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UPDATE: Police enquiries continue as we try to establish the circumstances around the collision at Westgate Sports Centre on Sunday June 25.

The 42-year-old local woman arrested by police has now been released on conditional bail pending further investigation.

Of the six people injured during the incident four remain in hospital receiving treatment for various injuries.

Extra officers remain out in our communities to reassure the public.

Once again anyone with any information please contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 277 25/06/17.

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UPDATE: Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best

“At approximately 9.14am we received reports that a car had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, in Newcastle City Centre.

At that time a large number of people were in the area celebrating the religious festival Eid that is held to mark the end of Ramadan.

What we have established is that a 42-year-old female has been celebrating Eid with her family, she then got into her car and has collided with six people in the crowd.

We have no information to suggest this is terror-related, however, this is a serious collision with multiple casualties and extensive enquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances around this tragic incident.

The six people injured, three of which are children, have been taken to hospital.

As it currently stands two of the children are now in Paediatric Intensive Care and one adult is in the Trauma High Dependency Unit. The remaining injured are believed to have serious but not life threatening injuries.

We want to reassure the public that extra officers are on patrol around our communities to answer questions and any concerns they might have.

We have specially trained family liaison officers working with the families affected to make sure they are constantly supported and informed throughout this difficult time.

If anyone has any information please contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Thank you.”

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UPDATE: Extra officers are on patrol in our communities to reassure members of the public following the incident at Westgate Sports Centre, if anyone has any concerns please come and speak to us.

A full investigation is underway into the incident. As previously stated there is nothing to suggest that this is terror related.

A 42-year-old woman is currently in police custody and police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information please contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 277 25/06/17

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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 this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident.

Emergencies services are currently at the scene and six casualties have been confirmed.

Police have arrested a 42 -year-old woman who is currently in police custody.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information please contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 277 25/06/17