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North East MEP welcomes GlaxoSmithKline investment

The decision by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to invest £275m at its UK manufacturing sites including in County Durham has been welcomed by MEP Jonathan Arnott.

This is great news not just for the local area but for Britain in general and I am delighted with the firm's view that despite Brexit the country remains an attractive location.

There was such doom-mongering about the economic future of the UK before the Referendum vote but already we are seeing that the fears were exaggerated beyond belief and the GSK investment decision demonstrates this."

– Richard Arnott MEP, UKIP

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Thieves take £70,000 of quad bikes in three months

Police tape Credit: Northumbria Police

Thieves have swiped nearly £70,000 worth of quad bikes from Northumberland in the past three months.

Police are urging farmers to be vigilant after 16 were taken from areas including Alnwick, Morpeth, Wark, Ponteland and Prudhoe.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: "Tackling rural crime is a key priority for us and we're committed to doing everything we can to target criminals who operate in our area.

"We're also asking the rural community to play their part by to reporting any suspicious activity to police straightaway."

Passengers evacuated after fire on train

North Yorkshire Fire crews help after fire broke out on East Coast Mainline train Credit: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

More than 50 passengers and crew had to be evacuated from a train on the East Coast Main Line after a small fire broke out in one of the engines.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews were called out to the stricken service just south of York station, near the city's racecourse in the early hours of Wednesday.

A spokesman said 54 passengers and four staff were helped from the train, on to a replacement service. The fire was put out by the train's own fire prevention system.

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