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SSI reports multi million pound losses

SSI re-opened the Redcar plant two and a half years ago Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Steel firm SSI has reassured workers at it's Redcar plant after announcing annual losses of £193.4 million.

The figures for SSI UK, which runs the former British Steel works at Redcar, were for financial performance during 2013. The firm says it encountered extremely difficult business conditions as did many steel businesses across the world.

Though a significant deficit, the figures are an improvement on the £275m losses the previous year.

As forecast earlier in the year, the financial performance during 2014 has continued to improve and in June a positive monthly EBITDA result was achieved for the first time since the plant was restarted in April 2012. This trend of improved financial performance is continuing and with the support of the parent company, key stakeholders and suppliers, we are confident of achieving our goal of SSI UK becoming established as a viable and sustainable business.

– SSI Statement

Appeal to help trace missing man believed to be in Redcar area

Bryan Rawstron Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are currently searching in and around the Redcar area for a vulnerable missing man.

52-year-old Bryan Rawstron is described as a white male, 5’7” tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair which is greying. He has a short trimmed goatee beard and is possibly wearing a light coloured or white short sleeved shirt with a collar and thin hoops around the chest area. He is also possibly wearing jeans or grey tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who has seen Bryan is asked to contact Cleveland Police.


Redcar’s former MP coming back home in art form

Tony Blair and Mo Mowlam, after the Hallett report has revealed that Mr Blair's Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam lobbied the Government's senior law officer to ask him not to prosecute a suspect to help boost peace process negotiations in 2000. Credit: Chris Ison/PA

A portrait of Mo Mowlam, Redcar’s well-known former MP, will be coming back to her constituency of 14 years as part of a cultural education programme.

John Keane’s painting of the former Northern Ireland Secretary, currently on show in the National Portrait Gallery, has been loaned to Kirkleatham Museum until Sunday, 14th December.

The loan is part of the Making a Mark programme organised by Tees Valley Museums and the National Portrait Gallery with the aim of making local school children more aware of their local heroes and heritage as well as increasing their aspirations.

Mo, Redcar’s MP from 1987 until 2001, was regarded as a Labour Party favourite for persuading key figures in Northern Irish politics to sign the Good Friday agreement through her direct approach to politics.

Councillor Steven Goldswain, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Being able to display the portrait of Mo in the constituency she called home for 14 years is a great honour for Kirkleatham Museum and all the staff that made it possible.”

Missing woman in Redcar

Police are appealing to trace a missing 22-year-old woman who was last seen on Coatham Road in Redcar, on September 10.

Kayleigh Mcfarlane was wearing a black T-shirt, black jeans, and a cream cardigan.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.


Teenage girl attacked in Redcar

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was attacked in Redcar.

It's understood the she was attacked by a man in his 40s on the coast road between Marske and Redcar between 10:30pm and 11:30pm last night. A 23-year-old man intervened to stop the attack and was also assaulted. Both the victim and the attacker then ran off.

The offender is described as being in his 40s, of Asian appearance, 5ft 11in tall and obese. He had black slicked back hair and facial hair. The man was wearing a dark coloured hooded top, blue tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

The victim appeared to be around 16 years old, 5ft 5in tall, of slight build and long brown hair. She was wearing a light coloured hooded top and leggings.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Lib Dem President sad to see "good friend" Swales go

The President of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has posted on Twitter that he is sad to see his "good friend" Ian Swales, MP for Redcar, is standing down at the next General Election.

Swales announced he is standing down in 2015 after just one term in office.

Redcar MP Ian Swales to stand down at next election

The Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, Ian Swales, has announced he is to step down at the next election, for "personal reasons".

Ian Swales, centre, had been unanimously reselected to stand in 2015 Credit: Ian Swales MP

Swales was elected in 2010 with a huge swing away from Labour, after voters reacted against the loss of 1700 jobs in the mothballing of the Corus steel plant in Redcar.

During the first year of his term in office, the plant was bought by Thai firm SSI and it reopened in 2012.

He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my local area in Parliament.

"I am proud of what I have achieved so far, especially my role in saving the steel works. I will continue to work hard for the area in my remaining time as an MP."

North East MP to step down at next election

Ian Swales MP. Credit: Liberal Democrats

The MP for Redcar Ian Swales has announced that he will be standing down at the 2015 General Election for personal reasons.

The Liberal Democrat "It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my local area in Parliament.

"I am proud of what I have achieved so far, especially my role in saving the steel works. I will continue to work hard for the area in my remaining time as an MP."

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