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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


Volunteer group's £10,000 bill after arson attack

Carole Robinson and Jenny Thomas outside the burnt-out container

Police are investigating an arson attack that left a volunteer group with £10,000 worth of damage.

Work to restore the gardens and woodland surrounding Guisborough’s ancient Priory has suffered a set back after a container which held their marquees, gardening and tools was set alight. The Gisborough Priory Project has been working with volunteers for over 10 years to restore the garden.

Volunteers working on the project

The fire was believed to have taken place at 6pm on February 10. It was started under a steel container.

Damaged container

Cleveland Police are treating this attack as arson.

Family pay tribute to crash victim

The family of a Guisborough man who died in a car crash on Teesside have paid tribute to him.

Jordan Dowson, 19, was killed in a three vehicle collision the A174 near Brotton on February 7. His family have released the following statement:

“A dearly loved son, stepson, grandson,brother, nephew, cousin and great grandson.

“He was a massive Chelsea fan and played for two local teams. As well as football, he idolised his dogs.

“He was always with a smile on his face, probably best remembered by his laugh.”

– Family of Jordan Dowson

Brotton crash victim named

Jordan Dowson, 19, died in a crash on the A174 Brotton Bypass on February 7 Credit: Cleveland Police

A car passenger who died after being involved in a three vehicle collision near Brotton has been named as Jordan Dowson.

The 19-year-old, from Guisborough, died when three cars collided on the A174 Brotton Bypass at 5pm on February 7.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail.

Man arrested after fatal crash on A174

Police investigating a fatal crash on the A174 Brotton Bypass have arrested a19-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The incident happened at 5pm on Friday 7 February.

Three cars were involved in the collision: a black Vauxhall Corsa, a grey Audi estate and a white Volkswagen Scirocco.

One of the passengers in the Corsa, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger in the same car, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to hospital, where she is in a stable condition.

Witnesses can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.


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