Economist journalist defends damning article on Hartlepool – but admits only paying a ‘flying visit’ to the town

'UGLY' ATTACK: The offending article

'UGLY' ATTACK: The offending article

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AN Oxford University graduate who wrote a damning article in an international publication describing Hartlepool as “failing”, “ugly” and with “appalling schools” has defended his piece on the town.

But Daniel Knowles, who works for politics and business magazine The Economist, has admitted that he should have come to an organisation like the Mail for help researching the peice.

He also declined an offer of a full tour “any time soon”.


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