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Runaway police car woman is at home.

A WOMAN who was injured when she was hit by a runaway police car has been discharged from hospital. The 36-year-old suffered facial injuries in the incident, which happened outside Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night.

The drama unfolded at about 7.45pm when police arrived at the venue, where the BAMMA mixed martial arts event was taking place, after receiving reports that an assault had taken place inside.

Officers got out of their car on a hill near the arena and headed into the building.

But moments later, their empty marked vehicle started moving. It rolled down a hill and struck a woman standing in its path.

The injured woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary by ambulance. She was treated for facial injuries and discharged on Monday.

Northumbria Police has confirmed the case will not be referred to the police watchdog, Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The force will now be carrying out its own investigation into the incident.

Enquiries are under way to determine how the car came to move while empty.


SCENE The car rolled down the side of the Arena
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2013
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