South Tyneside College will get more than £1m to build 'Social Enterprise Incubators', replacing poorer quality accommodation.
It will be part of a new Learning Zone which is aimed at making their curriculum more employer-focused.
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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.