Quorn investment creates 400 jobs in Teesside and North Yorkshire

Quorn Foods Stokesley Quorn Foods' headquarters is in Stokesley, North Yorkshire

About 400 jobs are to be created across Teesside and North Yorkshire thanks to £30m of investment from Quorn Foods.

The company, which is based in Stokesley, is building a third fermenter at its site in Billingham to increase production by up to 50%.

The deal will create about 100 new jobs during construction then a further 300 to operate the facility.

Stockton North Labour MP Alex Cunningham said it was "tremendous good news" for local people.

The company employs about 600 people and exports to 13 countries around the world including Australia and the USA.

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    15:34: Evans denies spitting at Cisse

    It comes as Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he did not spit at Cisse when they clashed in last night's Premier League match.

    Evans says: "I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night's match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

    Jonny Evans

    "I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

    "It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

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    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse releases a statement saying: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

    "I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be positive a role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

    Papiss Cisse remonstrates with Jonny Evans

    "I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it."

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    Police at scene of fire
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    14:41: Eye in the sky Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

    And here it is:

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    14:40: Police helicopter up Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

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    Cleveland Police tweets: Fire on Durham Lane: Please avoid the area. Residents stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed. No casualties or injuries reported.

    14:36: Smoke seen from miles around
    14:34: Workers evacuated Mark Denten Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    Workers evacuated from Eaglescliffe industrial estate say the fire has been burning for about an hour.

    Fire at Eaglescliffe Industrial estate
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    14:26: Smoke easing off Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

    The smoke does appear to be subsiding now.

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    People living in Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe, are being advised to close their doors and windows due to the fire on the industrial estate.

    Durham Lane from the A66 and Durham Lane from Allens West are closed and Cleveland Police are advising people to use alternative routes.

    14:12: View from the station

    Conservative Stockton South MP James Wharton took this photo of the smoke from the train station:

    Smoke from chemical fire
    14:07: 'Taste of chemicals' Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

    There is a chemical taste in the air in Eaglescliffe. But the wind has changed and the smoke is lessening.

    14:05: Chemical plant fire on Teesside
    14:03: Durham Lane closed

    Cleveland Police say Durham Lane is closed at the junction of Chaldron Way due to the fire at Melbray Chemicals.

    Residents are also warned to keep windows closed.

    14:01: Fire raging over Teesside Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

    This is the major fire over Eaglescliffe right now:

    Fire in Eaglescliffe
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    13:42: Bruce v Poyet: What really happened...

    Hull City defender Curtis Davies had a front row seat for the Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet match up.

    The incident occurred with Sunderland trailing Hull 1-0

    Bruce was restrained as the pair squared up. Moments after, Poyet was sent off for reacting badly to Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell's yellow card. He has now been charged with improper conduct by the FA.

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    13:25: Carver 'devastated and annoyed' BBC Sport
    13:12: Study urges £15bn transport boost Phil Mawson BBC News

    A think tank has said the government should invest £15bn in a Transport for London-style body for the north of England to revitalise transport links.


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    1950s house

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    The development will also include a cafe, shops, police house, cinema and recreation area.

    12:30: Car park to 'alleviate' issues

    A new long-stay car park to "alleviate" parking issues on Yarm High Street has opened.

    Councillor Mike Smith with Councillor Peter Monck

    Yarm Wharf car park is the latest in a series of investments in Yarm following Stockton Council's £500,000 of works to enhance the High Street.

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    11:20: Northumberland to get fuel rebate

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    Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger

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    10:00: FA to probe Cisse 'spit' row BREAKING NEWS

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    Disciplinary bosses are waiting for referee Anthony Taylor's report while at the same time reviewing video footage from last night's game, which saw Man United win 1-0 at St James' Park.

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    • BBC Newcastle: Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Sunderland.
    09:48: Arrest after stabbing

    A man is in a critical but stable condition after he was stabbed in a property in Sunderland, police say.

    The 29-year-old was found in Claremont Terrace early this morning. A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding.

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    09:28: Taylor 'allowed to ref Man Utd'

    There was much talk in Tyneside pubs and on social media last night about why Anthony Taylor was allowed to referee the match between Newcastle and Manchester United as he is from Wythenshawe.

    Emmanuel Riviere goes down under Chris Smalling's challenge

    The BBC understands he has no association to United and as he is a member of the Cheshire FA is allowed to officiate their matches.

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    09:18: Have your say on the General Election The Chronicle

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    09:08: Gutierrez back after 17 months BBC Newcastle

    Despite the loss for Newcastle and the controversy over an alleged spitting incident, there was some good news - 17 months after he last played for the club, Jonas Gutierrez made an emotional return to the pitch last night.

    Joans Gutierrez

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    08:54: McDonald's to appeal over restaurant rejection

    McDonald's says it will appeal against a decision to block it opening a restaurant near Newcastle's Kenton School.

    Hundreds of people objected to the plan including fears it would promote unhealthy eating to pupils. McDonald's said the restaurant would create 75 jobs and contribute £1.9m to the area's economy.

    Campaigners against the Kenton McDonald's

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    08:50: FA to considers spitting claims Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    The Football Association will wait to receive the report of referee Anthony Taylor before deciding what action to take against Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans following their clash at St James' Park last night.

    Johnny Evans and Papiss Cisse clash at St James' Park

    The pair appeared to spit at each other during the first half of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Newcastle.

    Evans had taken exception to Cisse's challenge close to the halfway line. If either are found guilty of spitting they can expect six game bans.

    08:42: 'Shooting case closed' The Gazette
    08:32: Two North East bridges go on stamps

    Two of the North East's most dramatic bridges are to feature on a new set of stamps.

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    Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge stamp

    Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said: "The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history."

    08:22: Petition for Metro extension handed in

    A petition calling for an extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington has been presented in Parliament.

    More than 1,700 people have signed the petition, which was handed over in the Commons by Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP Sharon Hodgson.

    08:11: Cisse faces spitting ban call BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans should face bans from the Football Association after appearing to spit at each other, according to Ex-Magpies midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

    Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse

    The pair both appeared to spit during the Red Devils' 1-0 win at Newcastle.

    08:07: Staying mild and breezy Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    Staying mainly mild, but generally cloudy until the afternoon, with the chance of rain around lunchtime in more western areas.

    Weather graphic

    The best of any sunshine will come later in the afternoon, with highs of around 9C (48F). Winds will be southwesterly, starting light, but picking up later, especially in the north. Check the forecast where you are.

    08:06: No problems on the roads

    It's relatively clear on the roads this morning, with no major incidents reported.

    Get the latest for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

    07:59: Good morning

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