A mental health unit for vulnerable young people where two girls died in two months is to close, a watchdog has said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Middlesbrough’s West Lane Hospital as inadequate and said patients were at high risk of “avoidable harm”.

It followed the deaths of 17-year-old Christie Harnett in June, and Nadia Sharif, also 17, who died on 9 August.

A CQC spokesperson said it had taken “urgent action” to close it.

They added: “Inspectors are currently working closely with the trust and NHS England who are arranging appropriate alternative care and support for the young people affected, in a safe and timely manner.

“CQC’s priority is always the safety and wellbeing of people using services and has taken this action to ensure they are protected

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