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Fertility services to continue in Hartlepool: Council claim 'victory for democracy'

It has been announced that fertility services will continue in Hartlepool.

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust had previously said it couldn't recruit staff and so couldn't run a safe service. In April the council went to the High Court to appeal the decision and a new consultation was launched.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a public consultation in which it asked for the views of local people on where assisted reproduction services are located.

At a meeting at Hartlepool Civic Centre this morning the council claimed its was a "victory for democracy."

Alan Bennett admits double murder in Teesside

Lynne Freeman and Jodie Betteridge who were killed by Alan Bennet Credit: Cleveland Police
Double murderer Alan Bennett Credit: Cleveland Police

A man has admitted murdering two women just minutes apart.

Alan Bennett, 34, pleaded guilty to the double murder at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday.


Run Geordie Run back home after European run

Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison has completed his run across Europe for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation.

Mark arrived back at the Port of Tyne on Thursday morning after running 2,650 miles in 83 days – nearly 300 miles further than his Australia run.

Extensive searches for missing Darlington man, 82

Extensive searches have been carried out over night as teams look for an elderly man who has been reported missing from home.

Archibald "Archie" Campbell, 82, is from the Parkside area of Darlington. He is described as 6' tall, uses a walking stick and has ear length wispy grey hair.

Archibald "Archie" Campbell

Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen him in the last 24hrs. Anyone with information is urged to contact Durham Police on tel 101.

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