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Government under fire as Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace to shut

The coke ovens and blast furnace at SSI steel works plant in Redcar, Teesside, are to close, as no viable offers have been put forward by potential buyers, the firm's official receiver has said.

The government has come under fire from MPs, local councillors and union leaders, who accuse ministers of failing to act to save the plant.

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Redcar steelworks in Teesside to go into liquidation

The plant is set to close after more than 100 years of steel making. Credit: PA

Thai firm SSI, owners of the Redcar steelworks, is to go into liquidatio.

Sources told the Press Association that the board had applied to wind up the Teesside business, with a formal announcement being made later today.

The move followed a Government has announcement of an £80 million package to support workers who have lost their jobs at the huge steel plant.

A steel summit will be held on October 16, involving steel companies, MPs, unions and governments to discuss the future of the industry

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