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Stockton fire: witness appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fire in Stockton on Friday (July 24), described as deliberate by Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The fire took place in a flat at around 2.40pm on West Row, causing severe damage to the accommodation and commercial premises below.

No-one was injured.

A 58-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Industrial fire in Stockton

Cleveland Fire and Rescue tackle industrial fire in Stockton Credit: ITV

More than 40 fire fighters are tackling a large industrial fire in Stockton.

The fire broke out at an industrial area behind B&Q on Portrack Lane on Sunday morning. Cleveland Fire and Rescue were called out at 9:11am and have confirmed that seven fire appliances, two command units and one hydraulic platform are at the scene.

No-one is understood to have been injured and fire officers said it's believed the unit was empty at the time of the incident.

Police release CCTV after man's jaw broken in Stockton

Police want to speak to this man after an assault in Stockton. Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have released a CCTV image after a man's jaw was broken in Stockton.

It happened at around 4am on Sunday 10th May outside some pizza shops on Yarm Lane. A 22-year-old man was punched and knocked to the floor, leaving him with a broken jaw that needed hospital treatment.

The suspect is said to be white and stocky with short, light brown hair. He was wearing a t-shirt with a Hugo Boss logo on the front.

Officers want anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image to get in touch. Members of the public contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.

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Family of mother hit by lorry pay tribute to her

Kelly Bennett

The family of a mother-of-four who died after being struck by a lorry on the outskirts of Durham have paid tribute to her, saying she was a ‘loving mum’ who was ‘immensely proud’ of her children.

Kelly Bennett, 36, from Rochester Road in Stockton, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was hit by the truck, on the A690 at West Rainton.

Patricia Bowmer said her daughter Kelly had been a popular figure with many friends not only in Stockton but also from Bearpark and Sherburn Road in Durham, where she grew up.

Kelly leaves sons Kieran, 15, Lewis, 14, Nathan, 11, and 10-year-old daughter, Lucy.

“Kelly loved socialising, playing bingo and having late night chats with her niece, Danielle. She was a loving mum who was immensely proud of her four children and loved spending time with them, helping them with their homework, going to the park and generally having fun with them. She also loved chatting with her friends on social media.

“This tragedy has left us all distraught and we are devastated she is no longer with us.”

– Family statement

Stockton South MP James Wharton wins ministerial post

Stockton South MP James Wharton is now a junior minister.

James Wharton, the MP who delivered one of the most important Conservative victories of the General Election, has been rewarded with a junior ministerial post.

The Stockton South MP becomes a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he will have responsibility for the 'Northern Powerhouse' plans to boost the economy of the North of England.

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