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Teesside tower blocks demolished

Teesside tower blocks demolished

Vacant housing blocks Fulbeck House and Glentworth House in Netherfields, Middlesbrough, have been demolished.

The blocks were built in the 60s, but fell into disrepair and locals say they were a magnet for antisocial behaviour.

Six hundred pounds was raised for local charity Zoe's Place by raffling the chance to set off the explosions that would take down the buildings.

The winning ticket belonged to local girl Joanna Gray.

The ten second countdown to the demolition was started by BBC Tees' John Foster.

Demolition in Netherfields

People living in surrounding streets were moved out of their homes, as engineers made final preparations for the demolition.

In all, 398 homes were evacuated ahead of the event.

he buildings' owner, Erimus Housing, says the land will remain vacant for the forseeable future, until a suitable use can be found.

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