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Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.

Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.

Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.

In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.

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Gaza protests planned in Newcastle and Middlesbrough

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Today's protests come after a vigil was held by Grey's Monument on Tuesday 15th July. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Protests are expected in Newcastle and Middlesbrough today to show solidarity with people affected by the current conflict in Gaza.

Both events are planned to start at 11.30am. The one on Teesside will begin at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road. Meanwhile, the protest in Newcastle will start at the City Pool on Northumberland Road.

This comes after a vigil was held outside Grey's Monument in Newcastle on Tuesday 15th July.

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

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.

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