MIDDLESBROUGH Council spent thousands on private detectives to chase debtors, a Northern Echo investigation can reveal.

Figures from a Freedom of Information request show that the local authority has paid almost £17,000 to private investigators since 2010.

Reported by the Northern Echo. You can read the full story here. 

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