A North East development agency says it fears for the future of a Northumberland town after yesterday's Rio TInto Alcan redundancies.
The last shift ends for nearly 300 workers at Alcan after 40 years of smelting at Lynemouth, Northumberland.
The big companies headed into Alcan to lend a hand. But how many handshakes will come out of it?
A man and a woman have been arrested in Lynemouth on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was injured in Northumberland over the weekend.
Police were called to Second Row in Linton near Morpeth after a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and had to be treated for pellet injuries.
He was taken to the RVI in Newcastle and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact 101 or alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The former Rio Tinto Alcan smelter site in Lynemouth, which closed last year, has welcomed its first new tenant. Aartoft Limited will take up some of the space enabling them to expand and take on more staff.
More than 500 people lost their jobs when the site closed.
– John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director
We are working closely with local politicians, Northumberland County Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government and other interested parties to ensure we promote the site and all of its credentials to potential investors with credible and sustainable business plans.
Linked directly to the RED strategy is the legacy that Rio Tinto Alcan wants to leave behind. Our extensive legacy programme will ensure we leave the community stronger and more self-sustaining in the face of future challenges.
A second public meeting will be held by Rio Tinto Alcan later this morning to update the public and stakeholders after the closure of the Smelter in Lynemouth.
The local community will be given details of the latest developments on the smelter's Regional Economic Development (RED) Strategy, and ongoing legacy initiatives that have been put in place to support Lynemouth and wider South East Northumberland.
– John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director,
Building on the success of the public meeting we held earlier this year, we have listened to valuable feedback from our neighbours and are keen to involve key stakeholders and members of the public in our ongoing RED strategy. As part of this, we are committed to providing regular updates on future plans for the site.