Monday, 26 June 2017
Woman is arrested after ploughing her car into families gathering for Eid prayers
This is the driver suspected of accidentally injuring six people including three children when her car careered out of control through a field full of hundreds of Muslims who had been celebrating the end of Ramadan. The vehicle ploughed into crowds who had packed into a college sports pitch that was serving as an overflow car park for Newcastle Central Mosque at 9.14am. Witnesses said the driver, a 42-year-old Muslim woman, had got into her car after Eid prayers when she 'hit the gas not the break' and sped into adults and children. Bloodied victims fled in horror as the car sped around the field outside Westgate Community College before a heroic bystander jumped in and pulled the handbrake.
The woman was arrested and taken into police custody but police said the incident was not terror related. The car was later filmed being taken away for investigation.