A man on a mobility scooter has been rushed to hospital in a "serious" condition after being knocked over by a bus in Newcastle city centre .

Blackett Street was closed for almost two hours following the collision at about 4pm on Tuesday.

The man, whose age is not known, suffered serious head injuries and has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).

Emergency services flooded the area within minutes, with access to adjacent Newgate Street and Percy Street closed to traffic.

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Paul McIntosh, senior investigating officer with Northumbria Police , said:

There has been a collision which happened outside of Next at about 4pm.

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One bystander described walking along Percy Street when collision investigators rushed past him to get to the scene.

Investigators were seen taking pictures and measurements, laying markers and examining the mobility scooter.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed they were called to the scene just before 4pm.

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The service dispatched a double-crewed ambulance, a rapid response paramedic vehicle, two hazardous area response teams and a trauma paramedic car.

Queues of traffic formed on Gallowgate and Percy Street during rush hour, and the road was reopened just before 6pm.