A 14-year-old girl from Middlesbrough is holding a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zara Lehman was so moved by the death of George Floyd in America that she began demonstrating on her street.

Initially, Zara protested alone but is now being joined by her neighbours and supporters. Her actions come as Newcastle prepares to hold a virtual protest on social media on Saturday 6 June about the killing.

I saw the video where the cop was kneeled on to his neck and you could see he was like fighting and he was just... no-one should ever have to fight for their life like that.

Zara Lehman

Our reporter Julia Breen went to meet Zara during her demonstration on Teesside:

The Health Secretary has warned people against joining Black Lives Matter protests this weekend, pointing out that "we’re still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat".

Matt Hancock told the government's daily coronavirus press conference that people should remember the rules, that they “should not attend large gatherings, including demonstrations, of more than six people”.

Protests, including several in the UK, are due to take place this weekend as people share their outrage over the killing of George Floyd in the US.

Mr Floyd’s May 25 death has sparked protests nationwide and around the world. Credit: Family photo

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