Turf war between North East MPs

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has accused Stockton South's James Wharton of visiting Mr Wilson's constituency without notifying him first

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Police searching for man in River Tees

Emergency services are searching a stretch of the River Tees in Stockton after reports that a man had got into difficulties.

Police were called at around 7.40pm this evening. Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the RNLI and the Police Helicopter are currently attending the scene and carrying out searches of the area to try and locate the man.

The north side embankment of the river has been closed to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Royal Mail refuse to deliver Stockton man's post because of a puddle

Royal Mail have said that this is a "dangerous" puddle. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Royal Mail have refused to deliver post to an address in Stockton because of a "hazardous" puddle.

A leak in Dan Lambton's garden means a small area behind his front gate is constantly wet.

Although Dan, 24, found the small puddle annoying he was surprised when Royal Mail refused to deliver to him any more, claiming it was dangerous.

He said: "It's just a little puddle but the post office have branded it a 'slip hazard'. It's not difficult to simply step over it, we're only talking about an area less than a yard square. But because of that one puddle I have now not received any mail in four months."

Dan is unable to collect post from his nearest sorting office because they require a recent utility bill as ID; but because he hasn't received post in so long he does not have one.

The leak bubbles up from an underground stream and trickles from his garden onto the path near his front door.

Dan, a dispensing chemist with Boots, said: "I've tried everything to get it fixed but nothing works. The water authority said it's coming from an underground stream and we have a high water table in the street so it's virtually impossible to stop it."

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "We suspended the delivery of mail following an unexplained leak at the front door of the customer’s property which included raw sewage. The safety of our staff is of paramount importance. The suspension of mail is always a last resort."

Government blames local enterprise partnership for MPs row

The Government has said it was the responsibility of the North East local enterprise partnership to notify an MP of an official visit to his constituency.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson accused Stockton South's James Wharton of visiting Mr Wilson's constituency without informing him first. The Stockton South MP said he was only 'dropping off' Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis, and denies taking part in an official visit.

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said:

“The visit was hosted by the North East local enterprise partnership who secured £289.3million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to support economic growth in the area.

“As part of organising that event the local enterprise partnership agreed to make all local MPs aware of the minister’s visit.”

– Spokesman, Department for Communities and Local Government

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Baby locked in car rescued by police

Police smashed the window of a car to rescue a baby who was locked inside.

Cleveland police were called to Portrack Lane in Stockton, where the 18-month-old was accidentally locked inside a BMW car parked there

Officers had to break the car's rear quarter light window to free the baby - who was safe and well.

The incident happened on Sunday at around 1350.

A spokesman for the police said that the baby had the keys in his hand when the car was locked.

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