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  1. Arrest as cannabis farm raided by police

    A 37-year-old man has been arrested after armed officers found a "large scale" cannabis farm in Sunderland.

    Just before 09:00 officers executed a warrant at an address in the Westlands area of the city.

    A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “The planned strike followed intelligence that suggested drug-related criminality may be operating from the property.

    “Officers gained entry and located a large-scale cannabis farm"

    The man was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and remains in custody.

    The Westlands area runs behind Chester Road, Sunderland

    A section of Chester Road was closed and electricity to the property and neighbouring homes was switched off "as a safety precaution."

    Power has since been restored and the road reopened.

  2. Power turned off as armed officers remain at house

    Electricity has been turned off to a number of homes in Sunderland as armed officers remain at a house.

    Officers executed a warrant at the property in the Westlands area earlier, but have not said whether it was to carry out a search or an arrest.

    Northumbria Police said electricity to the property had been switched off "as a safety precaution" but have not revealed any further details.

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    A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 09:00 today officers executed a warrant at an address in The Westlands area of Sunderland.

    “Police remain at the scene. Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to speak to an officer on duty.”

    The Westland's area runs behind Chester Road, Sunderland
  3. Man dies after being found with serious injuries

    A man has died after being found with serious injuries at a house in Gateshead.

    The 47-year-old was found by Northumbria Police at about 09:20 BST on Tuesday at the terrace property in Clavering Road, Swalwell. He died at the scene.

    Police vehicles at the scene

    A cordon was set up outside the house, which had its windows smashed.

    The death is being treated as unexplained and the man's next-of-kin are being supported, the force added.

    Anyone with information should contact police.

  4. Starmer probe 'without fear or favour', says PCC

    Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner says the force will investigate whether Sir Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules “without fear or favour”.

    Joy Allen who was elected to the Durham PCC role in 2021

    Labour Party member Joy Allen, who was elected to the role last year, is not in charge of operational matters at the force but said it was her role "to represent all the people in their area impartially, without fear or favour".

    She said the force's previous investigation into Dominic Cummings meant it was "not new" for officers to investigate high-profile alleged Covid breaches.

    She added the investigation into whether Covid rules were breached in a visit to Durham by the Labour leader in April 2021 was "just another area" of everyday police work.

  5. No timescale on Starmer investigation - police chief

    Durham Police's chief constable says the force will not put a timescale on its investigation into whether Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules.

    While it has been reported the investigation could take two months, Jo Farrell said she could not put a timetable on it “at this stage”.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

    The chief constable says the force will decide how many officers are allocated to the investigation, as they looked at the "extent and scale of it”.

    She was speaking publicly for the first time since the force announced on Friday it was reopening its investigation into whether the party leader breached Covid rules at a gathering in the city on 30 April 2021.

  6. Queen's Baton Relay heads to the North East this summer

    North East towns and cities will be on the route for the Queen's Baton relay leading up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

    The baton will arrive in the region on 14 July and visit Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Durham, Seaham and Sunderland.

    On 15 July It will pass through South Shields, Whitley Bay, Alnwick, Gateshead and Newcastle.

    The baton ends its 29-day journey through England at Birmingham's Aston Hall on 28 July, the day of the games' opening ceremony.

    This is the final stage of a tour of the 72 nations of the Commonwealth.

    Kadeena Cox holding the baton
    Image caption: Double Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox launched the baton relay in London last October
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    Video caption: Sir Keir Starmer on standing down if he gets beer and curry fine

    At Sir Keir Starmer's press conference about the so-called Beergate, he says no rules were broken.

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    Video caption: Starmer to quit as leader if fined for Durham Covid rules event

    The Labour leader says he will stand down if he is fined over the so-called Beergate allegations.

  9. Man trapped in overturned car dies in hospital

    A 23-year-old man who was trapped in an overturned car in Gateshead has died in hospital.

    Northumbria Police was called to the upturned Renault Megane on the Lobley Hill footbridge over the A1 at about 04:00 on Saturday.

    Officers are investigating how the crash happened and are asking for any witnesses, especially those with dashcam footage to contact them.

    Lobley Hill roundabout and footbridge over the A1

    PC Marc Lennox, from Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this time.

    “We also ask that the family’s privacy is respected as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened."

    The family of the man who died are being supported by specialist officers.