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Hartlepool & South Shields BHS stores close today

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Two BHS stores are set to close in the region for the last time this weekend.

The store in Hartlepool's Middleton Grange Shopping Centre will close its doors today, as well as the store in South Shields' Waterloo Square.

The two North-East locations are part of 20 national closures happening this weekend, affecting 580 BHS employees.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Hartlepool Council's chair of Regeneration Services Committee, said:

It is a hugely disappointing to see BHS close and our thoughts are with the staff affected and their families.

As a Council we will help in whatever way we can to help and support staff through this difficult period.

There are a number of ways in which the Council can help whether its support to get back into work, setting up your own business, re-training as well as benefit advice.

– Councillor Kevin Cranney

Major Metro closures start on North Tyneside

The Tyne and Wear Metro Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

There are major line closures on North Tyneside as track replacement work takes place - starting today (23rd July)

It'll mean the lines between Benton and Monkseaton will be closed for 15 days until the 6th of August (Saturday)

Stations including Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay will stay open this time, after work was completed there earlier in the year.

There will be a frequent replacement bus service in operation during the closure for all passengers who would otherwise use the Metro between Benton and Monkseaton.

Find out more about the closures here

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