Durham County Council have released a statement after the death of their employee Lesley Caile. The 48-year-old's body was found by police at a house in Hunwick on Christmas Eve.
Rachael Shimmin, Corporate Director of Children and Adults Services said:
"I can confirm that Lesley was an employee of Durham County Council, working as a Team Manager in children and adults services.
"Lesley was held in the highest regard by her managers, staff and colleagues both in the council and partner agencies and our thoughts at this time are with her family and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy."
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