demolition crews have started work, above, at a former school to make way for a £14m centre of educational excellence.

The old Freebrough College buildings at Brotton, have been the centre of vandalism and crime in recent months.

But to residents' delight, a demolition contractor is now busy on site, clearing out the building.

This week Coun Steve Kay got work under way.

Even though the old building is being flattened, it will be of use, with all the materials crushed and used again on site as building materials.

Coun Kay said: "For many who attended the former Warsett School and then Freebrough, this will be an emotional landmark as the old gives way to the new.

"When the new building has been completed, it is hoped that former pupils and friends of the school will take comfort from knowing that by replacing the tired old structure, the futures of many more young people will be secured through high quality facilities providing equally high quality education."