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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

Scooter and car crash in Billingham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Vespa scooter and a blue Renault Scenic car crashed on 15 December in Billingham.

The 29-year-old scooter rider was left with a fractured leg following the incident on Marsh House Avenue at the junction with Knowle Road. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

Any witnesses are asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

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A Teesside good deed for elderly couple

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A woman and a Teesside cafe have both being praised after helping an elderly man in his 90's and his wife who suffers from dementia, get their Sunday dinner.

The Facebook message on the 'Incidents on Teesside and County Durham' page tells the story of how Sally Bellerby met an elderly man in a shop in Billingham - and helped him to get a Sunday dinner after he told her he and his wife had nothing in the house to eat.

He was hoping to go to the Galley Cafe - which is closed on Sunday.

Gilly's Kitchen - Sally's local cafe - found food to provide to the couple who were overwhelmed by her kindness after she dropped it off at their home.

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Well Done to Gillys Kitchen on Clifton Avenue in Billingham and to Sally Bellerby.

Sally was in Boyes store when an elderly man asked for help with a lift.

Unfortunately she was unable to help but offered to find someone who could help, when asked where he was going the man said he was going to the Galley café with his wife for lunch as they didn't have anything in.

The man said that he's 94 and blind and that his wife has dementia and is 92.

Sally explained to the him that the Galley is shut on Sunday and said for him to go home and she'll bring a Sunday lunch for him and his and wife.

The shop down her street (Gilly's Kitchen) had sold out but when she explained why she was there they gave her 2 lamb stews, quiche, pies and cake to take to him and his wife.

Sally then took it round to the couple and they cried.

– Facebook - Incidents on Teesside and County Durham
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