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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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Shop robbed at knifepoint

Police are appealing for information after a robbery at a store in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incident happened just before 7.35pm on Saturday, July 26, when a man went into a Premier News at Waterloo Road, threatened staff with what is believed to be a knife and demanded money and cigarettes.

The man then left the store and is believed to have driven away in a black Vauxhall Astra.

No one was injured in the incident.

The man was wearing light blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt with a white motif and a black balaclava.

Northumberland man makes transatlantic journey in microlight plane

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Eddie McCallum at John O'Groats in Scotland before setting off on his epic journey. Credit: Eddie McCallum

A Northumberland man has made a transatlantic journey in a microlight plane.

Eddie McCallum, from Longframlington in Northumerland, landed in a field near his home yesterday evening (Tuesday 22nd July).

The round-trip journey took three weeks and he had to stop to refuel in several locations, including Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Mr McCallum was flying for over 100 hours.

He touched down on American soil near Lake Michigan. Mr McCallum has been flying microlights, which are defined as small, light aircrafts with one or two seats, for 21 years.

The trip, which was in the planning for over a year, raised more than £4,000 for the international, humanitarian charity UNICEF.

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Eddie McCallum flew over Iceland on his three-week trip. Credit: Eddie McCallum
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The mountains of Greenland, as seen from Eddie McCallum's microlight plane. Credit: Eddie McCallum
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The view of Northern Canada from Eddie McCallum's small aircraft. Credit: Eddie McCallum

Warnings after teenagers rescued from the sea at Blyth

Emergency services in Northumberland have renewed warnings about the dangers of sea swimming after four teenagers were rescued from the water off Blyth.

The 14-year-olds had gone to the beach after breaking up for the summer holidays. Some are reported to have been drinking. As the RNLI enters it's busiest season, it's already had more call-outs than the whole of last year.

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Car crashes into house in Northumberland

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into a house in Ashington. The collision happened at 8.24am this morning (Sunday 20th July).

A BMW crashed into a house on Alexandra Road, causing substantial damage to the property. The car has now been removed. No-one was injured in the incident.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Northumbria Police officers are carrying out enquiries and are asking any witnesses to contact them by calling 101.

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:

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