Northumberland County Council says its goal is to safeguard jobs.
“We are simply having informal discussions with a range of potential partners on how we can deliver services more efficiently...but we need to be clear that this is only one of many options we are considering."
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.