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Blyth Job Centre closed by bailiffs

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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.

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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.”