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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


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.

Green light for homes for vulnerable children on Teesside

Stockton Council have approved plans to turn two properties into homes for children and teenagers who need social and emotional help.

The proposals have faced opposition by some locals who say it could cause increased traffic and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Ken Lupton and Alex Hakes oppose the plans.


Meeting over children's home plans in Stockton

Controversial plans could see properties in Stockton area made into vulnerable children's homes Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A council meeting is underway to decide whether to approve plans to turn two properties into homes for vulnerable children in Stockton.

Opponents says it will cause a 'nuisance and disturbance' and lower property values.

Supporters say there is no evidence of an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Appeal after Stockton collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car and a cyclist collided in Teesdale, Stockton, on June 11. A 45-year-old man, who was cycling, suffered a fractured leg and was taken to James Cook University Hospital.

Anyone who saw the collision on University Boulevard roundabout with Council of Europe Boulevard is asked to call police on 101.

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