A gang have been jailed for more than 80 years for the murder of dad of 2 in North Shields
Jobs To Go At Boulby Potash Mine
Hundreds of jobs are to be lost at the country's only potash mine.
ICL said it had started consultations on 220 job cuts at its Boulby potash mine in East Cleveland as well as 140 contractors.
The company unveiled a 'significant restructuring' of its operations, including moving from producing potash to polysulphate fertiliser.
Peter Smith, executive vice president, said the restructuring, although ``painful'', was vital to secure the future of ICL UK as a viable business.
'In recent months we encountered geological problems which have affected previously high-yielding areas of the mine.
'In addition, our exploration programme, validated by independent consultants, confirmed further geological difficulties, which means that we have only a very limited level of economically feasible potash reserves.'
Police say two children are in intensive care after a car hit six people in a crowd in Newcastle.
Two people have been convicted of the murder of Jimmy Prout. Two others have been found guilty of causing or allowing his death
More than 30 people from the North East have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
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