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22 firefighters tackle Teesside grassfires

Young people on Teesside are to be educated about the dangers of starting grassfires.

Cleveland Fire Brigade say a series of grassfires at a Teesside beauty spot at the weekend were started deliberately.

At one point almost a quarter of the service's entire fire engine fleet was called in, with 22 firefighters tackling the blazes on Eston Hills.

The brigade believe the fires were started by youths and so have begun a campaign to educate them about the dangers of grassfires and the economic costs, which is estimated to stretch to thousands of pounds.

Spring around the corner as venues begin new season

It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.

It may be still grey outside but blue skies are just around the corner Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.

The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.

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