Fire services are currently battling with a fire at a shop on Stockton high street.
Five engines are in attendance at the Maddren Brothers building.
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People living across the North East are set to benefit from investments in housing, health, transport and technology.
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The Chancellor said he will use the Budget to "invest to secure a bright future", in a signal he is ready to usher in the end of austerity.