The job centre in Blyth, Northumberland, has been closed and a Bailiff Possession Notice has been posted on the building's front door.
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that twenty staff-members who work there have been turned away, and have been relocated to offices elsewhere.
A government spokeswoman has told ITV News Tyne Tees that 'contingency plans' are in place, and claimants will be paid as usual.
Other people who use the job centre are being contacted with regards to appointments.
The closure comes as a result of a legal issue involving a company called Telereal Trillium - which provides buildings for the DWP - and a 'third party landlord'.
A spokesman for Telereal Trillium said: "We are unable to comment further due to ongoing legal proceedings.”
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Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Blyth.
It happened around 2:45pm on Sunday 28 May.
Emergency services attended and the 40-year-old man was taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances around the incident
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Police investigating a fatal collision involving a motorcycle on the A189 Spine Road have named the man who died.
It happened just before midday on Sunday on the northbound Spine Road beside Blyth roundabout at Bebside.
It involved a Vauxhall Corsa car and an orange Kawasaki motorcycle with a rider and pillion passenger.
The rider of the motorcycle, a 51-year-old man, has now been named as Malcolm Higgins from Chirton, North Shields.
His female pillion passenger, a 43-year-old woman, is in intensive care in hospital.
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