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Detective urges public for help in search for missing man

Lee Brown hasn't been seen since Saturday Credit: Cleveland Police

The officer in charge of the search for 24 year old Lee Brown who's been missing since Saturday night has renewed his appeal for help. Lee was last seen in Stockton after a party onboard the Teesside Princess with friends.

"Obviously we continue to be concerned for Lee as it is out of character for him to go missing and not be in contact with his family. We have conducted enquiries to trace those that were on the boat with Lee on Saturday evening, we have spoken to his family and friends, have viewed CCTV and have conducted searches in the area around where he was last seen. CCTV enquiries show Lee passing the Infinity Bridge towards Tees Barrage. It is important that anyone who may have seen Lee or anyone with information which may assist the inquiry gets in touch with us.”

– Det Insp Glen Westmoreland


North East unemployment falls by 11,000

Unemployment has fallen by 11,000 in the North East Credit: PA

Unemployment in the North East has fallen by 11,000, official figures have revealed.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 100,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February.

The unemployment rate for the North East remains the highest in the UK, at 7.7%

School tribute to teacher killed by car on holiday

Alix Bussey was hit by a car while on holiday in Mexico

“Staff and students are all deeply saddened by Alix’s death and our thoughts are with her family and partner.

“Alix was an excellent teacher, enthusiastic and committed to all of the children she taught. She will be very much missed by everyone within the school community and we will be offering support and counselling to pupils at this very sad time.”

– Christine Ormerod, headteacher, Bowburn Infants


Devastated Durham family pay tribute to daughter

Alix Bussey

A family from Durham have spoken of their ‘devastation’ after the sudden death of their daughter in a car accident while she was on holiday in Mexico.

The tragedy happened as 23-year-old Alix Bussey was coming towards the end of her ten-night break in the resort of Riviera Maya with her boyfriend, Jonathan Boyle, also 23.

Although few details of the incident have been confirmed, it appears Alix was struck by a vehicle as she and Jonathan made their way back to their hotel after a night out on Thursday last week (April 9. They had been due to fly back to the UK on Saturday.

Alix was a teacher at Bowburn Infant School, while Jonathan works in IT for the NHS.

Today Alix’s parents, Colin and Penny and her younger sister, 21-year-old Leigh spoke of their shock at being informed of the tragic news on Friday night.

We’re absolutely devastated by what has happened and waiting to be given more information by the Foreign Office.

Alix adored being a teacher, it was all she wanted to do from the age of seven and she was devoted to the education and welfare of the children she taught.

She lived life to the full, loved to party and she and Jonathan were besotted with each other. Although they had been away on several occasions this was their first holiday abroad and they had been having a great experience. Only the night before she had texted Leigh to say she was having ‘the bestest time ever’.

– Penny Bussey

Alix had a wide circle of friends and the support we have had from them, and members of both families has been unbelievable.

All of our thoughts are with Jonathan and his family as they are going through this with us.

– Colin Bussey

A former Durham Johnston student, Alix Bussey studied primary education at Northumbria University before securing her first teaching job, at Bowburn Infants in September 2012.

Her work with the school saw her visit India last year as part of an exchange programme.

She lived with her parents and sister at the family home in Meadowfield.

Alix, along with her dad and sister was a season ticket holder at Newcastle United and all three used to watch the games at St James’ Park together.

A family liaison officer (FLO) from Durham Constabulary has been appointed and is working with Alix’s family to assist in the enquiries needed for a coroner’s inquest in due course.

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