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Two men in hospital after collision between scooter and pedestrian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision involving a scooter and a 21-year-old pedestrian in Middlesbrough.

It happened at around 6.30pm on Linthorpe Road towards Albert Road on July 22.

Two people remain in hospital. The rider of the scooter suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and lacerations. He is in a “critical” condition. The pedestrian suffered a broken foot and lacerations. He is in a “stable” condition.

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Two men arrested in Teesside firearms operation

Two men were arrested this morning (Sunday 20th July) as part of a pre-planned firearms operation in the Grangetown area on Teesside.

The two local men, both aged 19, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The operation relates to an incident in Eglingotn Road on Friday (18th July), when two shots were fired at a door at around 4.30pm.

Members of the public can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.

We are still keen to speak to any witnesses to the incident on Friday afternoon, and anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

“Reassurance patrols will continue in the area and I would urge anyone who has concerns to speak to a uniformed officer.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King, Cleveland Police

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Sikhs celebrate religious festival in Middlesbrough

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Hundreds of Sikhs gathered on Teesside this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The Nagar Kirtan involves Sikhs from across the UK taking their faith to the streets of local towns and cities in a colourful celebration. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Hundreds of Sikhs have been gathering on Teesside this morning (Sunday 20th July) for a religious festival (the North East Nagar Kirtan).

They are marking the 358th Parkash Gurpurb (or birth) of their 8th Guru, Sri Guru Harkrishan Shaib Ji.

The Nagar Kirtan involves Sikhs from across the UK taking their faith to the streets of local towns and cities in a colourful celebration.

North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

Ducklings rescued by firefighters in Middlesbrough

Five ducklings sparked a major rescue operation involving the RSPCA, the fire brigade and members of the public when they got stuck down a drain.

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Firefighters lift drain cover to rescue ducklings Credit: RSPCA

A passer-by heard quacking from beneath a busy road in Middlesbrough and raised the alarm.

RSPCA inspector Claire Wilson was called out but couldn't see the ducklings so the fire crew arrived and used a crow bar to lever up the drain cover and then poured water into the drain to flush the birds through to a point where they could be lifted out.

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A firefighter reaches into the drain Credit: RSPCA

Sadly the mother duck was scared off by all the attention and the ducklings are now being cared for by staff at a local animal sanctuary where they will be hand-reared before being released into the wild.

"It was a big effort for five little ducklings and people had gathered round to watch them being rescued.

"It was funny to see so many people involved in rescuing them but we were all really pleased to see them brought out safe. I've no idea how they managed to get down there in the first place."

– Graham Anderson, eyewitness
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The ducklings Credit: RSPCA

"Inspector Wilson used her camera and looked through various pictures to try to pinpoint their location but was unable to do so.

"The fire service was then called to assist and used a crowbar to lift the drain cover in the middle of the road and then poured water down the drain to flush the ducklings through.

"I would always urge the public to leave wildlife alone unless as in this situation they are obviously in trouble and need our help.

– John Lawson, RSPCA
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The drain Credit: RSPCA
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