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Could the next Benefits Street be in Stockton?

Film crews have been spotted on Dixon Street in Stockton

Researchers trying to find a location for the second series of Benefits Street have been looking at Dixon Street in Stockton.

The first series of the documentary made unlikely celebrities of the residents on James Turner Street in Birmingham. Within a week of the first episode, 30,000 people had signed a petition calling for Channel 4 to stop broadcasting the series.

Channel 4 said its researchers were looking for new locations, but it did not confirm where the next series will be filmed.

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Police appeal for missing boy

Domonic Kamara. Credit: Cleveland Police Facebook page

Police on Teesside are appealing for help to trace a 15-year-old boy who has been missing since last Friday, April 4.Domonic Kamara did not to return home from his school in Stockton.

He has family connections in Middlesbrough but is known to spend time in Stockton and Middlesbrough.

He was last seen wearing his black school trousers, blue coloured trainers and a blue Adidas hooded top on top of his black school jumper. Domonic was carrying a yellow canvas Nike boot bag.

"Sexist leaflet" council quote in full

“This was one of a series of promotional materials designed to promote the Stockton Cycling Festival to a variety of audiences.

“It was certainly not our intention to imply that women and girls cannot participate in every part of the Festival and having listened to the concerns raised, we have decided to withdraw this particular leaflet and produce a redesigned version.

“We do a great deal of work to encourage female participation in sport and active leisure, including women’s running clubs and women’s cycling groups, and unlike many national cycle race events the Stockton Cycling Festival includes elite women’s racing, as well as recreational rides which are open to all.

“The Festival takes place over the weekend of July 11 to 13 – just one week after the Tour de France comes to the North of England for the first time – and we would like to be very clear that it is very much for everybody.”

– Cllr Ken Dixon, Cabinet Member, Stockton Borough Council

North East council withdraws "sexist" leaflet

Stockton Borough Council has withdrawn a leaflet promoting cycling after it was branded sexist.

The offending advert shows a smiling male rider under the phrase "Sarah's shopping in Stockton with the girls. I'm signed up for Stockton's Sportive. That's Saturday sorted."

The leaflet was supposed to promote the town's cycling festival in July and an activity day known as Sportive, and only featured young, male riders in the photos.

Leaflet at the centre of controversy. Credit: Stockton Borough Council

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This was one of a series of promotional materials designed to promote the Stockton Cycling Festival to a variety of audiences.

“It was certainly not our intention to imply that women and girls cannot participate in every part of the Festival and having listened to the concerns raised, we have decided to withdraw this particular leaflet and produce a redesigned version.

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Mother's pride: Six lives saved because son signed donor register

by Claire Montgomery

A mother whose teenage son died from a brain haemorrhage after a sneezing fit, says she's proud his decision to donate his organs has helped save the lives of six other people.

Liam Andrews, from Teesside, had signed up to the register when he applied for his driving licence. His mother, Suzanne, says she hopes his "selfless act" will inspire others.

Biggest drugs case police on Teesside have ever seen

Three members of a multi-million pound drugs ring are facing jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. They were part of a major transpennine drug operation. Almost 30 people were suspected of dealing crack, heroin and cocaine between the North East and North West.

Cleveland Police says it is the biggest case it has ever dealt with, recovering almost a million pounds of drugs so far.

ITV News Tyne Tees Correspondent Frances Read reports.

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