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Police describe Middlesbrough device as 'a mortar'

The device was found in a beck behind Valley Road in Middlesbrough Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have confirmed that a device found in a beck in Middlesbrough is a type of mortar.

Explosives experts have attended the scene and viewed the item, which was submerged in a beck behind Valley Road. It was found by a member of the public.

The device will be removed by experts and destroyed safely via a controlled explosion elsewhere.

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A19 closed after serious police incident

The A19 is closed in both directions south of Middlesbrough after a serious incident.

Police said the incident took place just before 9.40am today on the A19 South near Crathorne. The road is closed between the A67 Crathborne and the A174 Parkway.

The closure is expected to remain in place for some hours and motorists should find alternate routes.

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Wayne Scott Report: 'I know this will knock public confidence', says Deputy Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal Credit: ITV

I know this will knock public confidence, but I want to reassure the public we absolutely do not tolerate that behaviour within the organisation and we ruthlessly pursue offenders of sexual offences. Whether they are within our organisation or whether they are members of the public in other organisations.

< And down to the dedication of my specially-trained officers and the work of Peter McPhillips in leading that investigation, Wayne Scott is now in prison and that is not something that has been achieved easily and would not have been achieved without the support of the victims.

– Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal
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