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  At Northumbria University, students and staff gathered for a candle-lit vigil organised by the Friends of Palestinian Society, demanding a lasting ceasefire in Gaza. Over 28,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war broke out.  Similar vigils spanned across multiple cities globally for consecutive months, highlighting a unified plea for an end to the […]

Five MPs, representing Sunderland and Newcastle, voted No on the House of Commons’ third reading on the Safety of Rwanda bill. The bill outlines that the purpose is to prevent and deter any illegal migration by returning the refugees to Rwanda while the UK processes their application. MP Nick Brown, who represents Newcastle upon Tyne […]

Amid the stark realities of the ongoing Gaza crisis, a beacon of hope emerged in Newcastle as Jeremy Corbyn, a steadfast advocate for Palestinian rights, took centre stage. Newcastle played host to a fervent discussion on peace and solidarity amidst the tumultuous landscape of the Middle East. On February 11, PalesTyne, a Palestinian support group […]

Armed police have raided two properties in Newcastle as the hunt for suspected chemical attacker Abdul Shokoor Ezedi continues.  The two addresses, a pizza takeaway where Ezedi worked and a flat above, were searched in the early hours of the morning as part of a joint operation between the Metropolitan and Northumbria Police.  Ezedi has […]

A man from the Newcastle area, Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, 35, is on the run after an alkaline attack on a woman and two children in Clapham, London. By Ryan O’Hara and Joshua Kirtley The woman, 31, and her two children, aged three and eight, were attacked on Wednesday evening around 7pm and are experiencing possible […]

A North East homelessness charity is asking the public for donations once more at this “joyous and sad” time of year. Latest figures from the St. Mungo’s charity have shown that the number of rough sleepers in the UK has reached an “all-time high”, with the number rising by 26% since the start of 2023.   […]

National Rail had a planned strike on Saturday 2nd December which affected thousands of Sunderland fans ahead of the clubs visit to Millwall. Many supporter’s plans were disrupted and in some cases totally ruined. Patrick Oakley, 42, had his plans thrown into chaos as LNER announced all of their drivers would walk out on the […]

A North East MP who is rumoured to be a potential challenger to PM Rishi Sunak has received a large campaign donation, Spark can reveal. According to the Register of MPs’ interests, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Sir Simon Clarke, who has not previously declared interest in leadership of the Conservative Party, received a […]


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