Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has come under fire after advertising for an apprentice with a wage of £3.38 per hour.
Police have released the photograph of a man they are trying to trace in connection with drugs and money laundering offences.
The family of a missing man from Stockton are renewing their appeal to the public for their help to locate him.
A body recovered from the River Tees has been identified as Stockton man Sydney Pesgrave.
The 81-year-old was reported missing on December 5.
81-year-old Sydney Presgrave is missing from Darlington. He was last seen on December 4.
Police are concerned about a missing 81-year-old man from Darlington who does not have the medication he needs. Sydney Presgrave was last seen around 5.30pm on December 4.
– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King
“We are growing increasingly concerned for Mr Presgrave and need to trace him as soon as possible. Mr Presgrave has issues with mobility and will be in need of his medication. Anyone who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for an 81-year-old man who was reported missing on December 5. Sydney Presgrave was last seen around 5.30pm on December 4. He had taken a taxi from his home in Stockton to Middleton One Row in Darlington. He was walking in the direction of the River Tees.
Mr Presgrave has mobility issues and requires essential medication which he does not have with him.
A Christmas tree in the middle of Stockton has drawn huge criticism from people living in the area.
The 20ft tree was erected in Stockton last week and has been called a 'disgrace' and an 'embarrassment' by locals.
A Stockton Council spokesman said: "We're in the middle of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the High Street.
"The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there's no room for our normal 40ft high Spruce, which will be back next year.
"In the interim, we've used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs rather than leave this part of the High Street bare.
"We're pleased to report that that extensive works have not put visitors off as thousands of spectators attended last week's launch of the Stockton Sparkles festival which was led by 1,500 children.
"We know that a traditional Christmas tree always makes a great centrepiece but there's so much more going on in Stockton throughout the Chrismas period including our 12-day Christmas market, ice sculpture, late-night shopping and street theatre with dance and musical performances.
"We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look Stockton High Street next year - we're sure it'll be worth the wait.
Armed police officers have arrested a man on suspicion of affray and making threats to kill after an 8-hour stand-off.
Officers received reports that a man had taken another person hostage on Gladstone Street, just after 2am on Sunday morning. But they said no one else was found in the house and no one was injured.
Stockton South's James Wharton MP will try to get his EU referendum bill through a crucial stage in the House of Commons today.
The proposed law would guarantee a vote on the UK's membership of the EU by 2017.
A woman has choked to death at a restaurant on Teesside. It happened at Frankie and Benny's on Teesside Park in Stockton last night.
She had been out to dinner with her family. Paramedics tried to save her life but she died at the restaurant.
Frances Read reports.
A woman has choked to death at a restaurant on Teesside. The 48-year-old was having a meal with her family at Frankie and Benny's in Stockton last night, November 6.
Frances Read reports.
– Frankie and Benny's spokesperson
"Yesterday evening a guest became unwell and very sadly passed away in the bathroom of our Stockton restaurant.
"The emergency services arrived promptly but were unable to revive her. Our condolences go out to the family."