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Village residents left stranded by budget cuts have been given a welcome boost after a new trial bus service was launched.

People living in Elwick and Dalton Piercy, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, had been left isolated after their daytime and evening services were scrapped at the end of March.

But a new 16-seater bus service operated by East Durham Communicare will run three times a day for three days a week to transport students and elderly residents into Hartlepool.