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Leicester mosque crash: Two arrested over 'hit-and-run'

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Media captionMosque 'hit-and-run driver' caught on CCTV

Two people have been arrested after a suspected hit-and-run near a mosque, which left a man and a teenager hurt.

A pedestrian in his 40s was struck in Humberstone Road after leaving the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Leicester at about 01:00 BST on Thursday.

He remains in a stable condition in hospital. A teenage boy, who was also struck, sustained minor injuries.

A woman, aged 21, and a man, 23, have been held on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The mosque said the man had been hit by a car after leaving Taraweeh - prayers made during the month of Ramadan.

Officers do not believe the vehicle was "deliberately driven at the pedestrians" but said it failed to stop after the crash.

Image caption Two sisters were nearly hit by the same car

Sisters Asiyah and Saira Waraich, who were crossing the same road moments before, narrowly missed being hit by the same car.

Asiyah Waraich said: "We were going to run first and she [Saira] pushed me back so I was on the floor, she was two inches from the car and [our] shopping went flying."

Detectives said they were trying to trace a blue three-door hatchback.

Insp Paul Allen said the car "may have sustained damage in the collision and could have been abandoned".

In a statement on Facebook, the mosque urged people to pray for the injured man to have "a full and speedy recovery, and to grant his family plentiful patience to get through this very difficult time".

Image caption The man had just left the mosque when he was struck in Humberstone Road

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