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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.

Tears as Teesside's furnaces go cold for the first time in 160 years

The mothballing of the Corus steel plant at Redcar later this week signals the end of an era for British industry

Ex-soldier jailed for attacking disabled man

A former soldier who was filmed attacking a disabled man in his care was jailed today.

1,600 jobs to go as Teesside Cast Products Plant is mothballed

A major steel plant which was handed a temporary reprieve will now close at the end of the week with the loss of 1,600 jobs.

Boro's revival gives division a bad name

Dearth of quality means Teessiders still in play-off hunt despite wretched form, writes Jason Mellor

Robson lifts Boro by getting off mark

Middlesbrough 1 Peterborough United 0

Man 'goaded beyond endurance' spared jail over stabbing

A "decent and mild-natured" man who stabbed a teenager who had attacked him with an axe in his own home had his two-year suspended jail term halved yesterday.

Begin the new year on a positive note by enrolling in January or February

There are many reasons for beginning a university course in the new year, such as deciding to stay in education too late to apply through UCAS or seeking a fresh start after redundancy.

Yvonne Roberts: If only we can teach resilience to those who need it

What white working class communities lack is that capacity to bounce back

Mother accused of torturing lover to death

A mother of four accused of torturing to death her partner today denied she had intended to murder him.

Sex offender denies murdering teenager

A convicted sex offender today denied the kidnap, rape and murder of teenager Ashleigh Hall whom he allegedly met on the internet.

David Prosser: Time to make the banks pay their share

Outlook: A tax on bankers' bonuses is not the best way to raise money or even to address public outrage

Archbishop lends support to Teesside Corus workers

The Archbishop of York will visit workers at the doomed Corus steelworks on Teesside today

Corus to cut 1,700 jobs in Teesside

Steel group fails to secure rescue plan after losing major contract in April

Job losses leave Corus workers 'devastated'

Workers in one of the UK's biggest steel-making areas were dealt a savage pre-Christmas blow today with news that a giant plant is to be mothballed with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

Bail hostel firm could be axed in wake of murder

A company which runs bail hostels has been put on probation after a resident was brutally murdered.

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