Workers at Remploy have staged the first of two walkouts over the Government's plans to sell or close the fifty- four factories that provide employment and jobs for disabled people, including four sites in the north east.
Workers in the region joined others across the country for a day of mass protests.
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Middlesbrough kept their unbeaten re-entry into the Premier League going drawing 0-0 at West Brom.
He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.