Two people have been arrested after a van suspected to be stolen crashed into a car following a police chase - leaving eight people in hospital. 

Emergency services were alerted to a serious collision between a car and a van on the A1086 Fisher Lane in Cramlington, shortly before 9.30am on Friday.

The van had been reportedly stolen from Newburn earlier that morning and had been involved in a police pursuit before the crash.The Northern Echo:

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Forensic collision investigators were seen parked up at the scene with the road cordoned off after the crash, near the Snowy Owl pub and 

Northumbria Police confirmed today (Tuesday, September 12) a 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and theft of a motor vehicle.

A 20-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. 

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and the theft of a motor vehicle and a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.The Northern Echo:

“The 38-year-old man remains under arrest, while the 20-year-old has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“Four people remain in hospital with serious injuries, while three other people have since been discharged.

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“As is standard practice in such incidents, the collision has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The North East Ambulance Service said in a statement at the time: “We received a call at 9.25am on Friday (September 8) to reports of a road traffic incident on the A1068 junction with Fisher Lane in Cramlington.

“Patients were taken by road to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (NSECH), and three patients were taken by road and one by air to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) for further treatment."