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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.

Middlesbrough agree to let Downing leave

Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has confirmed England winger Stewart Downing can leave if the club receive an acceptable offer.

Southgate will not be made Boro 'scapegoat'

Middlesbrough chairman, Steve Gibson, last night defended Gareth Southgate and his decision to appoint and stick with him despite relegation.

Corus workers' future still in the balance

Negotiations over the future of steel workers at Corus's Teesside factory continued yesterday as trade union leaders tried to save the 2,000 jobs threatened by the plant's closure.

Tata Steel says may shut Teesside plant

India's Tata Steel, the world's sixth-largest steelmaker, said its Corus unit might have to mothball its Teesside Cast Products plant, which would lead to large job losses, after a contract was cancelled.

The Last Word: For ecstasy and agony, pick the Championship

Forget the Champions' League, the second tier's enthralling finale is Europe's purest form of theatre

The Celtic fringe receives a terrible reckoning

Scottish and Welsh universities slid down the league table. Was this because of their stand against top-up fees? Andy Sharman and Beth Mellor analyse the figures

Airlines cut off the North as economic woe takes its toll

Flights to Leeds-Bradford and Durham-Tees Valley are removed from the schedules

Southgate backs 'hungry' King to taste success

Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, believes Marlon King's "hunger" to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle. King joined Boro on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and will be in the squad for tonight's Premier League game at Chelsea.

Steel workers braced for jobs meltdown

Workers at steel giant Corus were tonight braced for thousands of job losses in the face of a huge downturn in demand and a slump in orders.

Baggies enjoy overdue change of Fortune

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Alves double enough to sink brave Barrow

Middlesbrough 2 Barrow 1: Boro forced to work hard as non-League side come close to earning replay

Man who enslaved lover is jailed

A self-styled "sex cult master" who walked girlfriends around on a dog lead was jailed for three years yesterday for forcing his lover to sleep with other men.

Radio caller reveals cannibal habits

A radio presenter was stunned when he answered a call from a listener who admitted she was once an unwitting cannibal.

17 held as police smash drug-smuggling gangs

Seventeen people were arrested today in a mass operation which saw police smash two major organised crime gangs believed to be involved in drug smuggling.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London