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Stockton Council warns of 400 further job cuts

Hundreds of people's jobs are under threat as Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council looks to make further budget cuts.

The council has already removed 700 jobs since 2010 and are expecting "the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years".

A spokesperson for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “Despite making £34 million of savings in the last five years, additional reductions to the Council’s budget mean a further £17.2 million of savings need to be delivered over the next three years.

Whilst we will continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable of our residents and areas of greatest need, we do need to plan for further changes to help us deliver the required savings.

Since 2010 700 posts have been removed from the organisation and we expect the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years.

By having a plan we can manage this as sensitively as possible and minimise compulsory redundancies although this is becoming increasingly difficult.

– Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council spokesperson

If approved the council has said, "it will save £800,000 per year.”

The plans will be discussed at a cabinet meeting tonight, September 10th.


Police try to trace missing mother and daughter

Vjolica Madina. Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police are trying to trace a woman they describe as 'vulnerable' and her nine-month-old baby girl who were reported missing today.

Albanian national Vjolica Madina, 34, was last seen at an address on Silver Street in Stockton on Thursday 14th May.

She said that she was going to London with her nine-month-old daughter to stay with a friend.

They did not arrive at the address.

Anyone who knows where they might be is urged to contact the police.


Forklift truck stolen from Stockton charity

A forklift truck has been stolen from a Stockton-based charity.

The charity, Convoy Aid, sends goods form the UK to help orphans in Romania. It needs the stolen Linde forklift truck, which weighs more than six tonnes, to load pallets onto vehicles.

The truck was taken from Convoy Aid on Blue House Point Road in Stockton sometime after Wednesday 10 December.

Officers want anyone with any information about the crime to contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.

Stockton teen says bullying should be criminal offence

A teenager who tried to commit suicide at the age of 14 after years of bullying says the law needs to change to make it a criminal offence.

Cherise Hilton is still on anti-depressants years after leaving the school she was at in Stockton.

As many youngsters prepare to return to classes after the summer holidays, the 18 year old has taken the brave decision to speak out about her own experience in the hope it will encourage others who are being bullied to come forward and ask for help.

Kenny Toal reports:

To read our full guide on how to deal with bullies click here: Bullying - spotting the signs and dealing with it

Tees Barrage opens chambers to the public

Credit: Bob Collier/PA

While the Tees Barrage undergoes a £650,000 repair project, the Canal & River Trust is inviting members of the public to explore the modern waterway for themselves.

They are hosting an open day where visitors will see the hydraulic rams up close, walk around the fish pass, get access to the control tower and explore deep into the barrage's chambers.

Steve Garcia, senior project manager for the Canal & River Trust says: "This event sold out in under a day which shows just what interest there is in this amazing structure. Every day lots of people walk, cycle and drive pass the barrage but won't realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep it in top working order."

For more details on open days, go to the Canal & River Trust website.

Pardew and Colback take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.

He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.

To see Ellis Short's Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).

To see more Newcastle celebrities who have undertaken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

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