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PM welcomes new of North East jobs and investment

A Malaysian company has announced plans to create a rubber recycling plant in the North East, creating up to ninety jobs.

Petra Group is investing £12m to produce what it calls 'green rubber'. A site for the facility has yet to be confirmed.

The announcement comes as the Prime Minister and business people continue a trade mission to South East Asia, to encourage investment in Northern England.

Petra Group's announcement that it will open its pioneering manufacturing to the North East of England, creating up to 90 jobs, is testament to the skills and expertise the North East has to offer.

– David Cameron

Newcastle City Council approves plans for £45 million refurbishment of the Civic Centre

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The cabinet of Newcastle City Council has approved plans to borrow £45 million to be spent on the refurbishment of the Civic Centre.

The council says improving the Grade II* listed Newcastle landmark would enhance it for future generations as well as creating a more efficient workplace for council staff.

It also claims energy savings, reduced maintenance bills and additional income will more than cover the costs of borrowing the money – including all interest charges on the loan.

The council says failing to invest in the building would cost taxpayers £35.3 million for basic repairs and maintenance to deal with the effects of wear and tear on the ageing structure.

Independent City Councillor Marc Donnelly, of Westerhope, said: "I am shocked and appalled at these proposals" and suggested the true cost would be near £90 million.

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Dozens of steel jobs to go at Tata plant on Teesside

Twenty-five jobs are to go at the TATA Steel plant at Skinningrove on Teesside.

The company say the decision has been made due to a drop in customer demand, but it is hoped there will be no compulsory redundancies or loss of shifts.

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The site employs more than 350 people, with over 1000 employed at further sites in Redcar, Lackenby and Hartlepool.

A consultation is now underway.

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Brenda Blethyn: 'Wonderful' to think Vera has helped North East tourism

The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.

Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:

Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.

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