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Durham's former chief constable is to lead Hillsborough investigation

Jon Stoddart Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The former chief constable of Durham is to lead a new police investigation into the Hillsborough Disaster.

Jon Stoddart, who retired from the Durham force earlier this year, will head the new inquiry which was announced by the Home Secretary today.

It follows the damning report from the Hillsborough independent panel which revealed a police cover-up attempting to shift the blame for the 1989 tragedy onto its victims.

Also today the High Court ordered new inquests on the Liverpool football fans who died.

200 new jobs for County Durham manufacturing firm

Washing machines are to be made in Britain once again after a County Durham company secured one million pounds of Government money to build the UK's only factory.

Ebac in Newton Aycliffe was one of twenty four companies to get part of nearly one hundred and twenty million pounds of funding for North East businesses.

The manufacturer says it will create two hundred jobs.

Deputy PM visits North East companies to announce new funding

The Deputy Prime Minister visited two Stockton-based companies to announce winners of the third round of the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Nifco and Tinsley were both successful in previous rounds of the Regional Growth Fund. The Deputy Prime Minister met with staff and apprentices to see how the businesses are using the investments.

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