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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

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Man charged after stabbing in County Durham

A 24-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Consett.

Graham Clarke of Woody Close in Consett appeared at Newton Aycliffe magistrates court this morning (Sat 8th October) where he was remanded in custody.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday 3rd October.

Kitten loses eye after being shot three times with airgun

A poorly kitten is lucky to be alive after he was cruelly shot three times with a airgun.

Nine-month-old Tic has been left with a pellet lodged in his skull and he had to have his eye removed as a result of the attack.

He underwent three different life-saving operations, however the black and white moggy is now recovering at home in Delves Lane, near Consett, County Durham.

Tic staggered home with severe head and eye injuries after going missing for two days.

His owners Claire and Stephen Morgan rushed him to Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in Leadgate.

X-rays showed airgun pellets lodged in his skull, behind his ear and in his abdomen.

Vets were able to remove two pellets, but had to cut away part of his intestine due to the extent of the damage.

Tic later returned to the vets to have one of his eyes removed as it would not heal.

A third pellet in his skull cannot be removed because it is in such a delicate area, although it is not expected to cause any problems.

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