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73-year-old woman injured after 'contact with police dog'

Cleveland Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a 73-year-old woman needed hospital treatment following 'contact with a police dog' in Middlesbrough. Officers were looking for a crime suspect and were searching the woman's garden, with her consent, at the time of the incident on Penrith Road. The woman received first aid from police officers on July 16 and was then taken to James Cook University Hospital.

“Our main concern at present is for the welfare of the lady and her family, we deeply regret what has happened and we wish her a full recovery from her injuries. “The dog has been removed from operational duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been referred to the IPCC.”

– Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White

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Police burn £1 million pounds worth of drugs

Police have recovered £1 million pounds worth of drugs on Teesside since January 2014. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The haul was taken to a local incinerator and burned. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The drugs were burned along with general rubbish. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have burned £1 million worth of drugs this morning. The haul consisted of drugs recovered on Teesside since January 2014. It was taken to a local incinerator and burned.

Police warning ahead of England's World Cup kick-off

Cleveland Police have issued a warning to any fans intent on "causing disorder" on Teesside during England's first World Cup game tonight. England will take on Italy in their first group game at 11pm.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Police will be waiting in the wings to deal with the minority of people who intend on causing disorder if they do not get the match result they want."

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Detectives encouraged by public's response to sexual assault appeal

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in North Ormsby say they are encouraged by the public's response to their appeal.

A 52 year old woman was walking to work at 6am June 7 when she suffered serious injuries, including a broken shoulder and broken nose. It happened on the A66 North Ormesby flyover near Lytton Street.

She remains in James Cook University Hospital following surgery.

“We are hugely encouraged by some of the information which has come in from the public. The community has understandably been shocked and upset by what happened to a woman who was simply walking to work and we are grateful for their support.

“Again, I would ask that anyone who has not yet come forward with information, to get in touch. People driving along the A66 or perhaps out early walking their dogs may have seen this man in the area before the attack or indeed, fleeing the scene and running towards North Ormesby just after 6am."

– Det Insp Mark Dimelow
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