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Leading article: A much needed incentive to keep traffic moving

In the list of trivial irritations that add up to a bad day, sitting in traffic is as potent as any. Even more so when the hold-up is a hole in the ground that seems to be there forever and rarely even has people working in it. So the Government's plan for local councils to charge utility companies "rents" on lanes they close deserves a toot of support from road users.

Boro up to third after second-half surge

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Fears for teenage mother and baby

Police are concerned for the safety of a teenager and her baby son who have not been seen since an assault on a man at their caravan site.

The Manga girls of Middlesbrough

The fine, machine-tooled metropolis that is Middlesbrough is possibly not the first place that springs to mind when one thinks about the savage hues and – at least to some Western eyes – avant-garde childishness of Japanese pop culture. But this weekend, the Teesside city found itself decked out in a million buttons and bows, as British cosplay enthusiasts were handed free licence to parade their fondness for dressing up like anime characters.

Warning after three found unconscious in street

Police have a issued a warning after officers said they believed three people found unconscious outside a pub had taken a dangerous chemical.

Natalie Haynes: There's a time and a place for pyjamas

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John Kampfner: Margate proves investing in our culture makes economic sense

If the current hiatus in funding capital projects becomes a long-term pattern, our country's regions will suffer enormously as a result

House Doctor: 'My prospective buyer is unhappy with my freehold. What should I do?'

Question: The buyer of our terraced home is kicking up a stink because of a "flying freehold". She's never heard of them and wants us to significantly drop our asking price or – as requested by her solicitor – pay for an insurance policy against it.

Rangers keen on Commons deal as Smith seeks versatility

The Rangers manager Walter Smith has revealed that Kris Commons is a January target as he seeks to add versatile players to his squad this month.

Teenager injured in police car collision

An independent investigation was under way today after a teenage pedestrian was hurt in a collision with a marked police car as it responded to an emergency call, a senior officer said.

High and mighty: The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge turns 100

It might not be as celebrated as the Forth or the Tyne but it is a triumph of modernity that was inspired by Gustav Eiffel

Burton left 'buzzing' by intoxicating win

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