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Chancellor George Osborne should prioritise investment in Britain’s thriving creative industries, such as the arts and advertising, according to a new report from think tank IPPR.

GP's admission may lead to fresh charges

Police to consider reopening the case against Howard Martin after he admits helping dozens of terminally ill patients to die

Funeral of soldier killed in street attack

The funeral of a young soldier who died after a street attack just hours after he returned on leave from Afghanistan will take place today.

Burglar guilty of murdering 85-year-old in her bungalow

A burglar was convicted today of strangling an 85-year-old woman in her bungalow then torching it to destroy evidence of her murder.

Man arrested over attack on soldier

A man has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked attack on a soldier who was celebrating his homecoming from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Afghan tour soldier attacked in the street

A soldier recently home from a tour of Afghanistan was in a critical condition today after an unprovoked attack in the street, police said.

Brown urged to intervene over steel plant

The Prime Minister was today urged to make a pre-election intervention to help save thousands of jobs being lost in the mothballing of a giant steelworks.

Man who knifed ex-wife to death 'was provoked by divorce party'

A 63-year-old man stabbed his ex-wife to death on the day she was holding a divorce party, a court heard yesterday. Brian Jones, of Marske, near Redcar, East Cleveland, denies murdering Katrina Jones, 34, last November, claiming he was provoked by her celebration and that he had begged her not to hold it.

Man in court over divorce party murder

A man was facing trial today accused of killing his ex-wife who was stabbed to death as she prepared to host her divorce party.

Consortium bids to buy mothballed Corus plant

A bid has been launched to buy a mothballed steel plant, it was confirmed today.

Paedophile babysitter raped girl, five

A paedophile was able to rape a five-year-old girl he was babysitting because agencies failed to tell her mother he was a convicted sex offender.

Entrepreneurship courses are helping create jobs despite the economic downturn

Georgia Rakusen, 24, and Beckie Darlington, 27, used to be competitors. Two freelancers managing cultural events in Newcastle, they met pitching for the same clients. It was only after winning scholarships on an entrepreneurship course at Teesside University that they were able to join forces and form their new company, Haus Projects. One year on, they are working with some of the biggest arts organisations in the North-east.

Rapist pleads guilty to teenager's sex murder

Convicted sex offender Peter Chapman was jailed for life today after admitting the kidnap, rape and murder of a teenager he ensnared on a social networking site.

Fury over the closure of Teesside's last steel factory

Trade unions launch strike ballots as plant shuts and 1,600 workers lose their jobs

Steelworkers to vote on strike over Corus plant

Thousands of steel workers are to be balloted for strikes in protest at the mothballing of the Corus plant on Teesside, it was announced today.

Companies interested in saving Corus steel plant, says Gordon Brown

Buyers are interested in saving a steel plant which will be mothballed this week with the loss of 1,600 jobs, the Prime Minister said today.

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