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Durham School questions delay after refugee places offer

The headmaster at a boarding school in Durham has questioned why an offer, made eight months ago, to place unaccompanied Syrian refugee children had still not been taken up.

Durham School is among group of independent schools around Britain, to have offered a total of 80 free places for child refugees.

The government says the Syrian Resettlement Programme has promoted the offers to councils - and Durham County Council told us it was actively looking into the logistics needed to considered before any children are placed in the county.

Watch our Education & Social Affairs Correspondent Tom Sheldrick's report:

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Aid supplies leave for Syria, two weeks after fire

Fire destroyed aid supplies a fortnight ago Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Aid supplies are expected to leave Teesside later today for Syria, two weeks after much of the original consignment was destroyed by fire.

Volunteers and workers from the charity One Ummah were left devastated when food, clothing, blankets and other aid were lost or damaged.

Since then, individuals and businesses have come forward with items to replace those destroyed, while some of the original donations have been salvaged.

The aid is due to be loaded onto a truck this evening to begin its journey to Syrians affected by the country's civil war.

Some of the original supplies were salvaged Credit: ITV

Charity 'overwhelmed by donations' after fire

A charity which lost tonnes of donated goods bound for Syria in a fire on Teesside says it has been overwhelmed by new donations, and now expects to send more clothes and blankets to Syria than it had originally hoped.

After the fire at the Task Industrial Estate, Stockton. Credit: ITV News

Tonnes of aid, in 300 bags, was destroyed in the fire in Stockton on Sunday night.

Now, the group collecting the donations, One Ummah, say they expect to set off on their aid convoy before the new year.

Police say the fire, at the Task Industrial Estate, is being treated as arson.

Syria aid warehouse fire: arson not ruled out

Police have said that they are treating a fire that destroyed a warehouse full of aid destined for Syria as arson.

ITV News Tyne Tees' reporter Nikhita Chulani was on the scene this morning. You'll be able to see a full report in our main programme at 6pm.

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Pictures: Aid bound for Syria destroyed by fire

A warehouse full of aid destined for Syria has been destroyed by a fire. The unit, on an industrial estate on Stockton, caught fire last night, Sunday 20th December.

Seven fire engines were sent by Cleveland Fire Brigade to tackle the blaze Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
The items were due to be packed into a 40 ft container for shipping Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Organisers have said all the items inside the warehouse have been ruined Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
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