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Strictly star to appear at Durham Book Festival

Actor Mark Benton will be at this year's Durham Book Festival Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Benton will be at this year's Durham Book Festival.

The 48-year-old, from Guisborough, is appearing at Durham's Palace Green Library for an event celebrating Kenneth Grahame's classic novel The Wind in the Willows.

Mark, who played Mr Toad in Northern Stage's production of The Wind in the Willows in 2010, will be reading passages from the book from 11am.

Man arrested after body discovered in Guisborough

A man has been arrested after the body of a 39-year-old woman was discovered at a house in Guisborough.

Police were called to the address on New Road in the early hours of this morning, Wedneday, 24th September, after receiving a report of a death.

Officers recovered the body and are currently treating the death as unexplained.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "A 37-year-old man has been arrested is currently being questioned by police in connection with her death. A post mortem is due to be carried out in due course."


Police investigation after body found in Guisborough

The house in Guisborough where a woman's body was found Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A police investigation is underway after a woman's body was found in Guisborough.

Cleveland Police officers were called to a property in New Road just after midnight. When they arrived, they discovered the body of a 39-year-old woman.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow.

Police arrest seven suspected loan sharks

Seven suspected loan sharks have been arrested. Three women aged 28, 32 and 55, and four men, two aged 28, and the others aged 29 and 57, have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending. This follows operations in Guisborough and Skelton on September 23.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Cleveland Police, executed warrants at the addresses seizing documents and prohibited weapons.

“The council and its partners are committed to stamping out illegal money lending in the borough and I would urge anyone who has information about the practice to come forward.

Meanwhile, I would encourage anyone who is in financial difficulties to contact one of the many organisations who are here to help, such as the credit union and advisory service, Money-wise, the Citizens Advice Bureau, or the council itself.”

– George Dunning, leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 310 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 200 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £55 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 23,000 people.


65 Jobs to go in Guisborough

Guisborough Foundry is to close by the end of November with the loss of 65 jobs.

Staff at the foundry, which is run by US firm ESCO Corporation, were told the news yesterday.

“I am extremely disappointed at this announcement. This closure will be a huge loss for East Cleveland and my priority will be to support those employees who have been hit by this announcement any way I can.

“Since hearing the news I have written to the firm offering whatever assistance I can give to help the workforce. We cannot write off any possibility at this moment, and I'll be making my own enquiries into how we can help in conjunction with the workforces elected trade union representatives. It is vital that we ensure that opportunities are provided for the retraining of the employees, so that they will have a chance to apply for jobs elsewhere.”

– Tom Blenkinsop MP

Volunteer group's £10,000 bill after arson attack

Carole Robinson and Jenny Thomas outside the burnt-out container

Police are investigating an arson attack that left a volunteer group with £10,000 worth of damage.

Work to restore the gardens and woodland surrounding Guisborough’s ancient Priory has suffered a set back after a container which held their marquees, gardening and tools was set alight. The Gisborough Priory Project has been working with volunteers for over 10 years to restore the garden.

Volunteers working on the project

The fire was believed to have taken place at 6pm on February 10. It was started under a steel container.

Damaged container

Cleveland Police are treating this attack as arson.

Family pay tribute to crash victim

The family of a Guisborough man who died in a car crash on Teesside have paid tribute to him.

Jordan Dowson, 19, was killed in a three vehicle collision the A174 near Brotton on February 7. His family have released the following statement:

“A dearly loved son, stepson, grandson,brother, nephew, cousin and great grandson.

“He was a massive Chelsea fan and played for two local teams. As well as football, he idolised his dogs.

“He was always with a smile on his face, probably best remembered by his laugh.”

– Family of Jordan Dowson
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