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Mortar device found in stream destroyed safely

Mortar in the beck Credit: ITV News

A mortar device found in a beck in Middlesbrough has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Explosives experts attended the scene and viewed the item, which was submerged in a beck behind Valley Road.

It was found by a member of the public and Cleveland Police have thanked local people for their co-operation while this incident was taking place.

A19 closed after serious police incident

The A19 is closed in both directions south of Middlesbrough after a serious incident.

Police said the incident took place just before 9.40am today on the A19 South near Crathorne. The road is closed between the A67 Crathborne and the A174 Parkway.

The closure is expected to remain in place for some hours and motorists should find alternate routes.


Inquest rules Teesside University student's death was accidental

A coroner in Cumbria has returned a verdict of accidental death on Teesside University student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old's body was found almost three weeks after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV News

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

Matthew had been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

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