Mo Farah is currently leading the race with Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in today's elite Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.
Local MPs are now writing to the Prime Minister demanding that statutory redundancy is paid from another budget.