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65 Jobs to go in Guisborough

Guisborough Foundry is to close by the end of November with the loss of 65 jobs.

Staff at the foundry, which is run by US firm ESCO Corporation, were told the news yesterday.

“I am extremely disappointed at this announcement. This closure will be a huge loss for East Cleveland and my priority will be to support those employees who have been hit by this announcement any way I can.

“Since hearing the news I have written to the firm offering whatever assistance I can give to help the workforce. We cannot write off any possibility at this moment, and I'll be making my own enquiries into how we can help in conjunction with the workforces elected trade union representatives. It is vital that we ensure that opportunities are provided for the retraining of the employees, so that they will have a chance to apply for jobs elsewhere.”

– Tom Blenkinsop MP

Landlords face fines of £2,500 for using 'to let' signs

Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.

Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.

They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.

From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.

Katie Oakes reports:


Letting boards 'affecting the character' of Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has successfully applied to ban signs advertising rental properties in some areas of the city.

It follows years of complaints from residents who say the boards lower the quality and appearance of their streets.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission in Jesmond, Heaton, Gosforth and Sandyford could face fines of up to £2,500.

Kath Lawless, of Newcastle City Council, says the boards have "brought the area down":

But John Henderson, of Acorn Properties, has spoken of the inevitable affect on business:

Newcastle City Council bans 'to let' signs in Jesmond

Newcastle City Council has banned 'to let' boards across the student areas of Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.

The ban is after years of complaints from residents who say it lowers the quality of the area and claim the signs affect house prices.

From January, any landlord or letting agent displaying boards without permission could face fines of up to £2,500.

Professor in Food says 'people are going to be worried'

A police investigation is ongoing after prescription drugs were found among JellyTots made at the Nestlé factory in Fawdon on Tyneside.

The company has stressed the contamination was swiftly contained within the plant and that there is no risk to the public.

But Lynn Frewer, Professor in Food & Society at Newcastle University, says "there needs to be communication" by Nestlé over what is being done to protect consumer interests.


Plans to demolish 150-year-old café in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

Nestlé says sweet contamination was 'contained'

A police investigation has been launched following reports that pills were found among Jelly Tots on the production line at the Nestlé factory in Newcastle.

It is understood that tablets of a prescription drug were discovered among the sweets prior to them being packed.

The factory produces a number of well-known confectionery brands including Fruit Pastilles, Rolos and Yorkies.

A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed that officers are investigating reports of contamination on the production line.

Nestlé says the incident was contained and there is no risk to consumers.

We can confirm that there was an incident at our factory in Fawdon, Newcastle last week. The incident was immediately contained, the police were asked to investigate and we are working with them.

It would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment until they have completed their investigation.

The incident involved the discovery, in product prior to packing, of a standard prescription tablet, commonly prescribed to both adults and children. We can confirm that due to our rigorous quality procedures and immediate action, the incident was isolated and contained within our control.
Our consumers and customers can be assured that all our products are completely safe.

– Nestlé spokesperson
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