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Two arrests after Middlesbrough crash

Cleveland Police Credit: Cleveland Police

Two men have been arrested after a car crash in Middlesbrough.

At around 2am on Sunday 4 October a green Vauxhall Astra made off from the police on Wilson Street in Middlesbrough, and it then collided with a number of other vehicles on Albert Road.

A 19-year-old pedestrian received spinal injuries, and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A 20-year-old man, suspected to be the driver of the Astra, and a 22-year-old passenger, both immediately left the vehicle.

The 20-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, and the passenger has also been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Public warned not to approach 'violent' Redcar man

Adam Ripley Credit: Cleveland Police

People are being warned not to approach a Redcar man who is wanted on prison recall.

Adam Ripley, 22, is from the Skelton area and police believe some people living in East Cleveland may know of his whereabouts.

They are asking for information to help trace him, but are warning the public not to approach him, as they say he is known to be violent.

He is described as white with short brown hair, brown eyes and is around six feet tall.

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

'Fanatic' who threatened to behead passers-by jailed for four years

A man who has been called a 'Muslim fanatic' went on a rampage and threatened to behead passers-by.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand, 41, threatened to behead 22-year-old Stephen Daumler with a combat knife he was carrying.

Teesside Crown Court heard Mallaky-Soodmand was supposed to have been deported in 2012, before the incident occurred, but was released because the Iranian embassy had closed.

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand Credit: Cleveland Police

In court, Stephen Daumler, explained how he still has terrifying visions of Mallaky-Soodmand.

The victim, who is calling for an inquiry into how Mallaky-Soodman was released, was approached in the street by the knife-man who told him, "I'm a Muslim and I'm going to chop your head off."

Stephen Daumler, who was with a 15-year-old friend, fled the scene as Mallaky-Soodmand pulled a combat knife from the back of his trousers and held it in the air.

Even after police arrived, Mallaky-Soodman continued his racist rants, and shouted at officers, "I'm Isis and, Christians, I'll kill you, I'll kill you all I'm going to chop your head off."

Teesside Crown Court heard that other people were threatened, and more heard the disturbing words from indoors, before the emergency services arrived.

Julian Gaskin, mitigating, said Mallaky-Soodmand had drank one-and-a-half litres of vodka before the incident close to his home in Walter Street, Stockton.

He told the judge, Recorder Simon Batiste, that the Iranian national has converted to Christianity since his arrest and remand five months ago.

When he was detained on April 2, he told police he was ready to fight for Isis, but maintained the accounts of all the witnesses were not correct.

Mr Recorder Batiste described the case as extremely worrying and said the threats to behead were clearly reminiscent of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murder.

Clearly you are someone who, in the past, has been willing to carry weapons with you.

I'm of the view that this offence, clearly by the nature of what was being shouted at different times, is something that can be said to be racially-aggravated.

I'm told you have converted to Christianity, but I'm afraid I have grave doubts about that, given what you were shouting.

I'm told you want to apologise to your victims. Given the fact you prevaricated with your pleas until the day of trial I have some scepticism.

– Recorder Simon Batiste

Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand was jailed for four years. He admitted making threats to kill and two charges of possessing offensive weapons - the knife and a wooden pole - as his trial was due to begin.

There needs to be a proper enquiry into how this man was allowed to stay in the country.

He is clearly dangerous and he looked that night as though he was out to kill someone, when he came up to me and raised that knife I thought I was going to die.

– Victim, Stephen Daulmer

Mr Daulmer, who works for his family's salvage business in Stockton, said, "to discover that he should have been deported long before he even arrived in Stockton is a shock, I don't know how a thing like that could have happened."

Stephen Daulmer said he continues to deal with the after effects of Mallaky-Soodmand's actions that night.

Cleveland Police searching for vulnerable 37-year-old

Missing: Fiona Thompson Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are urgently appealing to trace a vulnerable missing 37-year-old woman who was last seen on the evening of September 15th.

Fiona Thompson was last seen on Mandale Road in Acklam at around 6.20pm.

She requires medication which she does not have with her.

Fiona is described as white, around 5ft 7” tall, of large build with brown or red shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a lilac checked blouse, a black skirt with grey squares and possibly slip-on shoes.

She was carrying two carrier bags.

Anyone who might know where she is is being asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


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.

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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