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Consett and Billingham affected by Post Office changes

The Post Office is to close and franchise a further 37 crown offices Credit: PA

Consett and Billingham are among the locations affected by new Post Office plans.

The Post Office is to close and franchise a further 37 crown offices, according to the Communication Workers Union.

They said around 300 staff and 127 financial specialist roles will be lost.

The Post Office is keen to stress that services should not be affected,

“We’re committed to maintaining the Post Office’s special place on the high street and the changes we are making underpin our continued commitment to give communities in every part of the country access to essential services.

“The Post Office’s network of more than 11,600 branches is easily the largest in the UK, with 17 million customer visits a week. The vast majority of these branches are run with partners, and in the locations announced today we believe this will also be a more sustainable approach for the long term. With consumer habits changing, and the high cost of maintaining premises in prime high street locations, franchising helps us to keep services where our customers want and need them.

“We will take time to identify the right partners over the coming months and all proposals will be subject to local consultation.

“Post Office has a strong record of supporting people through change and we will be keeping affected staff fully informed as we develop our plans.”

– Roger Gale, Sales and Trade Marketing Director

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CCTV installed at Alnwick bus station to tackle anti-social behaviour

Arriva Buses Credit: PA

A new CCTV system has been installed at Alnwick Bus Station to help reduce anti-social behaviour.

It comes after concerns were raised from members of the public about a rise in criminal activity by young people in and around the station.

“We hope this will help prevent any further incidents, helping us improve the overall journey experience for our customers and reduce anti-social behaviour for local residents.”

– Nick Knox, Area Managing director, Arriva North East

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