South East Wales

Arrest after car hits people outside Newport clubbing spot

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Media captionA crowd surrounded the car during the incident in Newport

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a car collided with a group of people outside a popular clubbing spot in Newport, injuring four.

Two women received "potentially life changing injuries" in the incident on Cambrian Road at 05:30 BST on Sunday, according to Gwent Police.

A man and a third woman were also injured. The car was later found burnt out about two miles (3.2km) away.

Police arrested a man on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving.

Video appeared on social media showing a vehicle surrounded by a crowd of people.

The car appeared to reverse and then drive forward and screams were heard as people seemed to jump out of the way.

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Media captionIftekhar Haris, director of NP Clubs, said it was a "terrible thing to happen".

Paul Burridge, 53, from Newport, had gone into the city to pick up his 22-year-old daughter, Charlotte, from a night out when he witnessed the incident.

He said: "I pulled up in the lay-by and stood by my car waiting for her.

"It was about 05:30 and there were about 100 people around waiting for taxis. Then all of a sudden all hell broke loose."

He added: "I went over and saw one girl on the floor, her friend was on top of her saying 'don't look' - but I thought it could be my daughter.

"Luckily, my daughter was waiting at the station nearby for me and didn't even know what had happened."

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Media captionThe car was left on fire in a Newport street

Witness Iftekhar Haris, director of NP Clubs which runs three city centre venues, said: "This was such a terrible thing to happen".

He said door staff, including one who was a first aider, went to help people and he described police response as "excellent".

"They looked after the two main victims. There was a third - a guy - and a girl who was hurt. She was able to walk around," he said.

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Image copyright Daniel Lee James

A car was later found burnt out on Magor Street in Newport.

Police said investigations were continuing.

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