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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."

Teesside steel plant profits welcomed by union

“This is welcome news and testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the SSI workforce. It’s good to see that SSI is making progress towards its goal of fully profitable steel making. It’s also further confirmation that Community’s members and the local community were right never to give up on steel making in Redcar.

“Clearly there are still challenges to overcome not least the fact that SSI and other energy intensive industries need to wait two years before they’ll get support to offset the cost of the government’s environmental and energy policies.

“Community will continue to work in partnership with SSI UK to ensure a sustainable future for Teesside steel.”

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community trade union

SSI boss: "This an important milestone"

“I am very pleased that we have managed to achieve a positive EBITDA result in June, and everyone associated with SSI UK deserves credit for us reaching this important milestone. Of course we realise that we still have a long way to go to achieving our goal of making this a sustainable business, but this is a major boost for us and one which I believe will be the start of an improving trend towards full profitability. We are extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from our parent company, suppliers and all of our stakeholders”

– Cornelius Louwrens, UK Business Director and Chief Operating Officer

Teesside steel plant turns profit for first time

The SSI steel plant at Redcar. Credit: ITV News

The company running Teesside's steelworks says the plant has turned a profit for the first time since the blast furnace was relit.

SSI says it believes last month's profits show a trend of improvement.

The Thai company said that is despite a difficult global market.

1600 workers lost their jobs after the plant was mothballed in 2010.

But SSI then bought the plant, bringing steelmaking back to Teesside in 2012.

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