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Former Billingham House site bought by local company

The former Billingham House site on Belasis Avenue may be brought back into use after being bought by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies.

Billingham House was once the biggest office block on Teesside but after closing in the mid 1990s it fell into disrepair and became a target for vandals and arsonists.

The Council planned to press ahead with pulling it down, but Bizzy B (the company who owned the building) took the battle to London’s Court of Appeal arguing it had viable revamp plans for the building. The Court of Appeal ruling in May 2012 cleared the way for dismantling to begin.

Now, Stockton Council’s Leader, Councillor Bob Cook, has said they are delighted with the news and hope that the purchase of the site will represent "the beginning of a new chapter in its life".

This is really encouraging news – we are very pleased the site has been bought by a local company and look forward to hearing more about Fujifilm’s ambitions for it.

Local residents and businesses had to endure the eyesore that was Billingham House for several years and this was compounded by the fact the owners of the site did absolutely nothing to prevent it from falling into dereliction.

We were determined to put their misery to an end and we did, but of course once a building is demolished you naturally start to think about how that site might be used in the future.

– Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton's Council Leader

Missing 16 year old: have you seen Tyler French?

Tyler French hasn't been seen since last Friday. Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police are appealing for information about a Teesside boy who disappeared last Friday.

Tyler French was last seen on 8th August at an address in the Cowpen area of Billingham.

Police believe he may be in the Billingham or Stockton areas.

They are concerned as Tyler has not been missing for this length of time before.

They have issued a direct appeal to Tyler to let them know he is safe and well.

Anyone with information on Tyler’s whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

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It all adds up: meet the 11 year old maths masters

And from student engineers to 11-year-old mathematicians - and a national maths challenge.

Hundreds of teams from Primary schools across the country enter the 'Maths in Motion' competition every year.

This year, pupils from St Joseph's Primary in Billingham came out top. But that is not for the first time - this is the third year in a row.

Jonny Blair reports.

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Suspected wartime bomb found lodged in potato

An area of Teesside has been cordoned off after a suspected explosive device was discovered - lodged in a potato.

Officers were called to KP Crisps at Belasis Technology Park in Billingham earlier. The bomb disposal team from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire carried out a controlled explosion.

Police said the device was lodged in a potato and resembled a war time bomb.

It happened on Armed Forces Day.

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