A ruling by the Supreme Court has cleared the way for compensation payments by insurance firms to the families of people who died after exposure to asbestos.
The UNITE union has welcomed the ruling saying it will affect many of the two thousand five hundred people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
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It's been confirmed that the Marks and Spencer stores in both Stockton and Darlington will close in August.
It's part of the investigation into the disappearance of Donna Keogh from Middlesbrough in 1998 when she was just 17 years old.
The move is likely to lead to the loss of more than 1,500 jobs.