THE chief executive of Northumberland County Council gone on "extended leave", the council have confirmed.

Daljit Lally OBE was appointed as CEO in November 2017.

However, on Sunday the council confirmed she had gone on extended leave, but did not give any reason.

A spokeswoman for the county council said: "We can confirm that the chief executive has commenced a period of extended leave.

“Interim leadership arrangements have been put in place.

“We can make no further comment at this time.”