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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.

Corus to cut steel production

Steel giant Corus is to cut production by 30 per cent over the next few months and temporarily shut down blast furnaces at two of its UK plants, it announced today.

Ancient seat of learning goes modern: Durham university is expanding into gritty towns

Forget Durham's image as a place for Oxbridge rejects to read Classics. The university is expanding into gritty towns such as Darlington – and planning vocational courses.

How to cut the cost of going to university

Bargains await students in the North-east and Wales

One-legged man in 130mph car chase

Police who gave chase to a powerful BMW in a 130mph pursuit were unaware that they were being outrun by a car being driven by a one-legged man.

Jury to be sent out in canoe wife's case

The jury in the trial of Anne Darwin - wife of back-from-the-dead canoeist John - was due to retire to consider its verdicts later today.

Anne Darwin's week in court: 'A woman able to lie and deceive at length'

In 2002, John Darwin, who, with his wife Anne, owned a portfolio of properties in the North-east, went canoeing off the coast and disappeared. No body was found; he was presumed drowned, and his wife collected insurance and pension payouts worth about £250,000. Then, last December, Mr Darwin turned up at a London police station. It emerged that Mrs Darwin had known of his faked death all along.

Canoe wife asked husband to stop jail letters

'Back-from-the-dead' canoeist John Darwin wrote to his wife every day while they were in prison on remand following their £250,000 fraud charges, a court heard today.

Anne Darwin: 'I wished he was dead'

During a day of tearful admissions by Anne Darwin yesterday, it was the revelation that she no longer loved her husband and had even considered killing herself at the height of the five-year scam that sent the biggest frisson through the courtroom .

Wife 'sent loving email' to 'dead' husband

Anne Darwin wrote a loving email to her supposedly dead husband John hours before he walked into a police station, a court heard today.

M&S staff bonus slashed despite £1bn profits

Marks & Spencer's annual profits topped £1 billion for the first time in a decade today, but staff failed to cash in after the retail giant slashed bonus payouts.

Babysitter wins murder retrial

A babysitter serving life for the murder of her neighbour's two-year-old son today won her challenge against her conviction.

'Missing' canoeist admits deception

Back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin today admitted deception.

The dark side of family folk music

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset are shaking up this traditional genre, says Tim Cumming

Athletics: World's fastest man holds no fear for schoolboy sprinter Aikines-Ayreetey

'Flash Harry' plays it for laughs as he relishes showdown with Asafa Powell. By Mike Rowbottom
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