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£1.4m parking fines boost York council's coffers

Almost 12,000 motorists have been fined flouting parking restrictions in York over the last three years which has resulted in the city council's coffers being boosted by £1.4m.

Parking fines boost council's coffers Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last year alone the council raked in just over £0.5m from drivers caught stopping in car parks or designated residential parking zones without a valid ticket or permit.

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Here's a summary on Monday's headlines in the Tyne Tees region.

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today. There are now no MPs, including the 37 in the Tyne Tees region, until after the general election on May 7.

The club's debt remains at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley.

Two people, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle and told police they had been subject to human trafficking and were being exploited for work.

A 57-year-old, originally from Whitley Bay, has been jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children at a property in Cramlington.

The RNLI is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards on the North Yorkshire coast.

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Teenagers fire air weapon in Hartlepool

Police were called to a house in Larkspur Close, Hartlepool this morning after reports a group of males was firing something out of a window.

A man and four boys (three aged 13 and one age 12) came out of the house and the address was thoroughly searched by officer, who found the cause to be an air weapon.

The man was given strong words of advice regarding his conduct by officers from Cleveland Police, who sent armed response to the scene.

A small number of roads, which were closed while investigations were carried out, have all now been reopened.

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