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Arrests of children by Cleveland Police have fallen by 65 per cent in the last four years

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Arrests of children by Cleveland Police have fallen by 65 per cent in the last 4 years.

That's according to data obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Research by the charity has found that the number of arrests in the Cleveland policing area dropped:

  • 2010: 4,367
  • 2011: 3,368
  • 2012: 2,407
  • 2013: 1,862
  • 2014: 1,527

Across England and Wales, police made 245,763 arrests of children aged 17 and under during 2010.

That number has fallen every year since.

The sharp reduction in arrests has led to a significant fall in the number of children in prison – down by 56 per cent since January 2010.

"The Howard League has worked closely with police forces round the country to stem the flow of children being sucked into the criminal justice system.

“The fantastic success of our programme of work and the police improvement to their practices means that thousands of children have not had their life chances blighted.

It is for parents and schools to deal with normal childish challenging behaviour, not the police.

“It is to the credit of the police that they have introduced restorative approaches and given front line officers discretion to make professional decisions.”

– Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

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Witness appeal after attempted robbery in Eston

The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough Credit: ITV

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery in Eston.

A 51-year-old woman was attacked on Mansfield Road at around 7pm on November 20. The woman was leaving an address when a man dragged her to the ground and threatened her with a knife, before trying to steal her handbag.

The attacker ran off when he was disturbed by a motorist and a dog walker. The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment to cuts and bruises.

The suspect is described as being between 5ft 8 and 6ft tall, of medium build and was wearing a dark hooded top.

A second man is believed to be involved. Both men had been seen acting suspiciously on Mansfield Road prior to the incident.

Both the driver of the car and the dog walker are being urged to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Arrests in connection with alleged rape of young girl

Two male youths have been arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a young girl in a park.

The incident is said to have taken place in Albert Park, Middlesbrough, between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday November 15.

One male youth has been arrested in connection with conspiracy to rape.

All three males are currently in police custody and are due to be bailed pending further enquiries.

Cleveland Police officers nominated for Police Bravery Award

PC Stewart Shepherd, 44 and PC Haris Imaan, 32 were nominated after rescuing a drowning woman from the Redcar seafront on Wednesday 19th November 2014.

PC Stewart Shepherd and PC Haris Imaan

The woman was out of her depth and around 15 metres from shore. PC Shepherd removed his body armour and began to move out into the sea, while PC Imaan held the rescue rope and maintained a safety line to shore. The officers reached the woman and brought her back to dry land.

"The brave officers believed their duty to the public and the immediate risk to the woman outweighed any personal danger to themselves. "

– Deputy Secretary for Cleveland Police Federation, Richie Murray

The Police Bravery Awards will take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London tonight.


£8,000 worth of fireworks are stolen in Middlesbrough

Stolen fireworks Credit: Cleveland Police
Credit: Cleveland Police
Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are appealing after fireworks worth approximately £8000 were stolen from a shop during a burglary.

The burglary took place overnight from Friday 16th October into Saturday 17th October at G2 Fireworks on Borough Road, Middlesbrough.

Around £700 worth of fireworks have since been recovered.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary or the whereabouts of the stolen fireworks is asked to contact PC Jack Chan on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men charged over A19 drugs find

Two men from Stockton have been charged after more than £100,000 worth of suspected cocaine was recovered from a vehicle on the A19.

A Vauxhall Astra was stopped just north of Crathorne at around 1.30pm on Friday October 16 and two kilos of the drug was recovered.

The pair, aged 28 and 36, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

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