THE Mayor of Middlesbrough has hit out at new coronavirus lockdown restrictions for the town.

On his Facebook account the Mayor Andy Preston posted a video stating that the government announcement regarding Middlesbrough and Hartlepool going into a local lockdown 'doesn't make any sense'.

In the Facebook post Mr Preston, said: "Right now I do not accept the government’s intended restrictions because they are based on ignorance."

In the video he said: "I don't accept the measures, we need to talk to the government. They need to understand our local knowledge, expertise and ability to get things done and preserve jobs and well-being.

Full video here: