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Expert backing for asbestos ban LANGBAURGH Council's go-it-alone policy of banning asbestos was given full support by health experts. The council's policy, which was being tested at a public inquiry at Langbaurgh Town Hall, was praised on the third day of the hearing.
Novel style for river crossing A NOVEL style of crossing the River Leven was introduced temporarily in Stokesley. The metal road bridge was in need of repair because it was showing signs of corrosion. As the work progressed a dam-style bridge was made with 12-inch pipes for the river to flow through.
Skateboard hazard SKATEBOARDERS had been causing havoc in Redcar High Street. Fast moving youths had been zipping up and down causing pedestrians to dodge clear or be mown down. Pensioners were especially frightened. Meanwhile Cleveland Police said that skateboards should not be used in public places.
Strike spread fears FEARS continued that an electricians' dispute at Stockton could spark action by other council workers. Shop stewards said workers were in dispute over how much they should pay back each week after the council had overpaid them in error.
Pets hit by downturn A CHARITY shortage was hitting Middlesbrough's hospital for poorly pets. The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals ran up a deficit of pounds 25,000 the previous year and the jobs crisis and economic down turn was may be to blame said organisers.
Help for unemployed THE go-ahead for Stockton Centre for the Unemployed was expected to be given within days. Employees of the centre, to be sited at Thornaby's old town hall, would be drawn from the ranks of the unemployed and would carry out a number of functions.