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A 69 year old man has been pulled from the River Wear in Durham.

Durham Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the riverbank near Knightsgate Bridge at 8.25 am.

It appears the man had suffered a medical condition and fallen down the bank into the water.

He was rescued by members of the public and emergency crews and taken to hospital in a serious condition.

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Thousands attend counter protest rally

Around 500 people attend the Pegida rally Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It appears many more people have attended a counter protest organised against a rally being held by Pegida.

The group, which started in Germany, says it's worried about the rise in the number of people who adhere to a strict interpretation of Islam. It's holding its first rally in Britain in Newcastle.

Around 400-500 people are attending, including members of the North East English Defence League.

Up to 2000 people were expected for the counter protest Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Yards away a counter protest is taking place, organised by Newcastle Unites, which says Pegida is a far right organisation that has no business demonstrating in the North East.

The counter protest appears to have attracted thousands of people.

Tensions flared briefly in the Pegida rally but, what looked to be an attempt to break through police lines, was quickly contained.

Police now trying to disperse the Pegida demonstration. The counter protest remains in full swing.

Pegida rally appears to try and break police lines

Pegida appear to be trying to break through police to walk towards Newcastle Unites rally.

The police stand between the two groups of protestors Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police lines separate the two groups now gathered at the Bigg Market and Newgate Street.

Members of the Pegida rally can be seen coming through the line of police tape towards where officers are standing, moving towards the counter protestors.

It appears that members of the Pegida rally have attempted to break through police lines to walk towards the counter protestorts. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Around 400 attend Pegida rally

Around 400-500 attend Pegida rally Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Around 400 - 500 people are in the Bigg Market for the rally of Pegida. The North East English Defence League say around 100 of their members are in attendance.

A speaker from the German branch of Pegida is addressing the crowds.

The rally has attracted attention from international media.

Pegida supporters meet at Bigg Market

Pegida supporters are gathering at the Bigg Market Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The controversial anti-Islam group Pegida is gathering in Newcastle's Bigg Market. The group has urged extreme right-wing groups planning to join its first British demonstration to keep protests peaceful.

The Pegida rally will remain in the Bigg Market Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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