Cities Minister Greg Clark has confirmed that the Tees Valley's city deal bid will now go through to the next stage.
The next stage will work towards determining which powers can be transferred to a local level, in order to determine the detail before a final decision can be made.
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Virgin Trains East Coast say passengers may use Great Northern, Hull Trains and Grand Central on routes to help complete their journey
The warning comes police received reports of men claiming to be builders targeting homes in Heaton.
They are currently detained in custody helping police with their enquiries.