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'Urgent' appeal to trace woman missing from Redcar

Cleveland Police are "urgently appealing" for help to trace a 38-year-old woman missing from Redcar.

Nicola Riley was last seen on Hambleton Crescent in Markse, on the morning of Wednesday 20 January.

Nicola Riley is described as 5ft7" tall, and of medium build. Credit: Cleveland Police

She was last seen wearing a baggy black jumper with a distinctive skull pattern, black bottoms, off-white footwear, and she was carrying a bright orange carrier bag.

Officers are asking anyone who may have seen her, or know of her whereabouts, to call Cleveland Police on 101.

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Man knocked unconscious in Redcar

Police are appealing for information after a 29-year-old man was assaulted outside a takeaway shop in Redcar.

An argument had broken out between the victim and a woman with dark hair, who was with a man aged in his 30s. They were all leaving Gemini’s Pizza Shop on the High Street after 1am on December 28. The victim was struck on the head from behind and he fell onto the pavement unconscious. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to James Cook University Hospital. He is now in a stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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European Parliament vote on support for steel industry

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Members of the European Parliament will vote on recommendations today (December 16) to push governments to do more to support the steel industry.

It comes after the closure of SSI in Redcar where more than two thousand jobs were lost.

The parliament wants member states to make better use of the available emergency funds to protect jobs.

It's also urging countries to protect companies by imposing the same taxes on imported steel from outside Europe.

Christmas party preparations for Redcar steel children

Ben Hebden and other party organisers. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
All set for the party at Redcar Workingmen's Club. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

In September, Redcar was rocked by the closure of its historic steelworks.

2,200 workers lost their jobs - many hundreds more in the supply chain.

A cry for help went out from the town from families facing a bleak search for jobs - and with Christmas only weeks away.

That inspired 9-year-old Ben Hebden, who's from Marske, to arrange a Christmas party for workers' children this afternoon (December 14).

Anywhere between 210-220 children are expected.

There are more than 125 wrapped Christmas presents, lucky dips, stockings and a DJ.

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