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Meeting called for Yarm to leave Stockton for Yorkshire

A meeting is being held to discuss whether the town of Yarm can formally apply to leave the Borough of Stockton and become part of Yorkshire.

The meeting follows a poll in May which found 9 out of 10 people in the town were in favour of shifting the boundary.

Stockton Borough Council Cabinet is considering the request but the costs of an application to the Boundary Commission are around £100,000 and there is currently no budget for it.

Read More: Will Yarm return to North Yorkshire?

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Investigations into fire at former nightclub

The blaze happened in a former nightclub on the Tall Trees site Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Investigations will begin in earnest this morning into the cause of a fire at a former nightclub near Stockton.

At its height, fifty firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on the site of Tall Trees hotel in Yarm.

Nine firecrews helped to tackle the blaze Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The hotel closed last year and plans are in place for a housing development on the site.

A spokesman for the hotel said:

"We would like to thank the fire brigade for their prompt and efficient response. "We will be assessing the situation, but at the moment it is too early to say how this may affect our plans."

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24% turnout in Yarm to Yorkshire referendum

Almost a quarter of eligible voters in Yarm voted in a referendum to indicate whether or not they would prefer the area to be part of North Yorkshire and run by Hambleton District Council instead of Teesside's Stockton Borough Council.

The majority - 89% - voted in favour, although the result is not legally binding.

The campaign group Yarm 4 Yorkshire tweeted this picture of the count totals Credit: Yarm 4 Yorkshire
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