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Appeal after Hartlepool attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked at the Showroom Pub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool.

The incident happened on March 22 at around 2:40am when the victim was attacked by another man in the toilets, causing serious head and facial injuries which included fractures.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."

Hundreds line Bedale streets to back RAF parade

Hundreds of people are lining the streets of Bedale to support the Royal Air Force’s Communications specialists who are marking the end of 13 years service in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people are supporting the parade in Bedale Credit: ITV

Personnel from 90 Signals Unit, based at RAF Leeming are parading along Bedale High Street. It symbolises the end of Operation HERRICK for the RAF’s longest continuously-serving unit in Afghanistan.

RAF Leeming Community Primary School pupils Credit: ITV
The parade is underway in Bedale Credit: ITV

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New body to promote region's automative industry

Assembly line at Nissan. Credit: PA

A major new body to promote and support the growth of the North East's automotive industry officially opens for business today.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led organisation which brings together major names including Nissan, Nifco, Komatsu, Sevcon and Hyperdrive.

The industry generates £7 billion in sales for the NorthEast and is responsible for £5.1 billion in exports.

The sector directly employs 26,000 people and impacts on a further 141,000 jobs.

A spokesman says around 8,500 people in the industry are due to retire in the next 10 years, leaving skills gaps - and this is one of the areas NEAA will be working to address.

It will also work at attracting new companies and jobs to the region, supporting business excellence and best practice.

There are many opportunities ahead for companies in the automotive industry in North East England to win new business in the UK and from overseas and to improve their competitiveness and capability. The North East Automotive Alliance will provide the platform for making sure companies in the North East are able to take full advantage.”

– Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK

Support for 'silent victims' of domestic abuse

Children are often the 'silent victims' of domestic abuse. Credit: Cleveland Police

A new system to support children who experience, witness or are directly involved in domestic abuse has been launched by Cleveland Police and Hartlepool Borough Council.

Operation Encompass means that before the next school day officially begins, police will already have notified teachers of a domestic abuse incident involving a pupil at their school.

A designated key adult can then intervene early and offer any appropriate support to the child.

Some professionals call children the “silent” victims of domestic abuse as the effect on them often manifests itself in their behaviour – they might become withdrawn, disruptive in the classroom or even physically lash out.

It is hoped that school staff will now be better equipped to support any youngster affected by domestic abuse.

The 38 schools in Hartlepool (covering every child from the ages of 2 to 18 years in primary, secondary and academies) have signed up to Operation Encompass, and Head teachers have received training from Educational Psychologists and specialist police officers.

Posters will be displayed in school reception areas and the Cleveland Police website will include details on Operation Encompass.

"We can and already do record if children are present, witness or are involved in domestic abuse situations but Cleveland Police has never asked the simple question of which school they attend. "I’m convinced this will greatly help youngsters who can suffer in many ways – either in the immediate aftermath of seeing or experiencing domestic abuse, or days, weeks or even months down the line.”

– Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer
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