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Polling station closed due to flooding in Billingham

A flood has led to a Billingham polling station being moved.

Voters due to attend the Billingham Library venue instead have to go to the Billingham Forum.

Signage is in place advising voters of the change.

The £2.7m library and customer service centre, on the site of the town’s former art gallery and council offices, opened in January.

The combined facility merged Roseberry Library and Billingham Library on Bedale Avenue, creating a one-stop shop which brings together customer services for Stockton Council and Thirteen housing group, a cash office and Billingham Town Council headquarters under one roof.

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Smuggler's death sentence is 'inhumane', says Branson

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has offered his support to a Teesside woman on death row in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was sentenced to death by firing squad in January 2013 for smuggling cocaine into the country.

From her cell on death row the 57-year-old grandmother wrote to the billionaire businessman asking him to support an appeal.

Mr Branson has now responded saying he fully supports Ms Sandiford, and he described the death sentence as inhumane:

I strongly believe that the death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment, and every execution is one execution too many.

We are following Lindsay Sandiford’s and other cases closely and fully support efforts that are currently underway to aid her appeal.”

– Sir Richard Branson

Durham Daleks, we mean police, have a new door you might recognise ...

A tardis or a lift? Credit: Durham Constabulary

Durham Police have showed their fun side by covering one of their lift doors in a tardis motif.

Chief Constable Mike Barton loved the idea that came from Head of Estates Michelle Marsh.

He gave it the ok and the total cost was less than £200, this came from the estates budget.

Chief Constable Barton said in a video posted to their Facebook page that it was a 'bit of fun' and to look out for another video of him doing a Dr Who impression.

Looking forward to seeing that!

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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%

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