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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

89% of voters want Yarm to become part of Yorkshire

89% of voters in Yarm would prefer the running of the market town to be taken over by neighbouring Hambleton District Council, from the current Stockton Borough Council.

A referendum, organised by Yarm Parish Council, was designed to gauge public opinion but the result is not legally binding. If the change did happen in the future, it would mean the area would become part of North Yorkshire, rather than Teesside. Turnout was 24%, about 1644 people.

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