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Treatment of County Durham mother 'a new low'

Irene Clennell. Credit: Family photo

The treatment of a woman, married to a County Durham man for almost 30 years, marks a 'new low' and 'goes against any British sense of decency' according to an organisation which provides services for migrants.

Irene Clennell, originally from Singapore, was deported after spending time in a detention centre because she lost her right to remain in the UK.

Clennell has been married to John from Chester-le-Street, since 1988. They had two children together and now have a grandchild.

She was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK after her marriage, but spent periods back in Singapore caring for her parents before they died.

Clennell lost her right to remain in the UK, as she is understood to have spent more than two years out of the county.

Her last visitor visa expired last year and she was sent to a detention centre in Scotland after a routine appointment with immigration service in mid-January.

On Sunday, February 26th, Clennell was forcibly removed from the country and sent back to Singapore. Her family have now set up a campaign and 'Go Fund Me' page to try and get her back home.

“Covertly forcing a grandmother - who has lived, worked and raised a family here for decades – out of the country goes against any British sense of decency and should never have happened. This case marks a new low for our out-of-touch system. Irene has British children and grandchildren, cares for her sick British husband, and has contributed more here than her country of birth. Yet secret deportation flights at great cost to the public purse are a common feature of today’s immigration system, as is scheduling flights on Sundays or other times when legal support is sparse. This is the human cost of a political push for arbitrary migration targets which don’t take real life into account. Irene will continue to challenge this inhumane decision. For the sake of Irene and many like her, the Home Office need an urgent rethink.”

– Spokesperson, Migrant Voice

The Home Office have released the following statement:

"All applications for leave to remain in the UK are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules. We expect those with no legal right to remain in the country to leave.”

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Murder probe in small County Durham village

Police are investigating a death in Grange Villa, County Durham. Credit: ITV News

Police in County Durham have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body in Grange Villa, a small village between Chester-le-Street and Stanley.

The police have released no further details at this stage.

A spokesman said: "The investigation is in its early stages and police are appealing for anyone with information to call Durham Police on 101 or to contact crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Extra patrols will be in the area to reassure the community and conduct enquires."

Durham Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man in Grange

Villa County Durham. The investigation is in its early stages and police are appealing for anyone with

information to call Durham Police on 101 or to contact crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555

111.

Extra patrols will be in the area to reassure the community and conduct enquires.

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Lane closed on A1(M) following accident involving two cars

One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic on the A1(M) Southbound between Junction 63 A167 / A183 (Chester-le-Street) and Junxtion 62 A690 (Carrville), due to an accident involving two vehicles.

The outside lane is closed, and it is expected that the carriageway will be completely closed.

Chester-le-Street death not suspicious

The death of a man whose body was found in Chester-le-Street yesterday morning is being treated as non-suspicious.

The man has been named as 37-year-old Michal Jarzynka.

Police were called to an alleyway off Poplar Street just after 6.30am on Monday following reports of a person lying injured in the street. Officers and the ambulance service attended but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Following the results of a post-mortem that took place last night and police enquiries the death is known not to be suspicious and police say the circumstances surrounding the death are linked to a fall.

Body found in Chester-le-Street

The scene where a body has been found in Chester-le-Street Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An investigation has been launched after a body was found in an alleyway in Chester-le-Street.

Police were called to the alley close to Poplar Street on the morning of November 28, following reports of an injured man.

An investigation has been launched after a body was found in Chester-le-Street Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Police at the scene of where a body has been found Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The death is being treated as unexplained and a cordon has been put in place while police enquiries are carried out.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Police investigate after a body is found in Chester-le-Street Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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