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Appeal for witnesses after suspected arson attack in Billingham

Speeton Close, Bilingham Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information after a vehicle was deliberately set on fire in Billingham.

The vehicle was parked outside a property on Speeton Close.

The suspected arson attack happened on Friday 8th September at 01:10am.

The vehicle was set alight and the fire caused damage to the garage and property.

No one was injured.

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened or anyone with information regarding those responsible is asked to contact Cleveland police on 101.

Third arrest in relation to Teesside shootings

***This man has since been released with no further action in relation to this charge**\*

Officers investigating recent shootings in Billingham have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He faces questioning by detectives and inquiries into the events, which are believed to be targeted and linked, are continuing.

Read More: Arrests made in relation to Teesside shootings


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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