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Van damaged after stones thrown from Teesside bridge

A van had it's windscreen damaged after stones were thrown at it from a bridge Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police say, once again, they have received reports of people throwing stones at cars from the footbridge over the A19 between the Mandale interchange and the Tees flyover.

The incidents happened on Monday (19th June) between 8:20pm and 9:20pm.

A black Vauxhall Vectra, a green Fiat 500, a white Vauxhall Corsa, and a HGV truck were all damaged as a result of the incidents.

No one was injured.

One of the objects - thought to be a stone - thrown at cars had flipped up and smashed into the window of a box van causing significant damage to the windscreen.

The driver was uninjured.

It is believed a group of youths are responsible for the incidents and officers have visited a nearby estate to speak with residents for them to advise youths on the dangers of stone throwing.

Cleveland Police campaign poster Credit: Cleveland Police

“It is clear that these youths do not understand the extremely dangerous consequences of their actions by throwing objects at moving vehicles and I am concerned to hear that these incidents are still happening.

“Thankfully so far, no one has been severely injured or killed but eventually this could happen if these incidents do not stop.

“Do these youths want death on their conscience as a result of their irresponsible behaviours? How would they feel if one of their friends or family members was injured or killed as a result of someone throwing a stones at their vehicles.

“I am certain they would be absolutely devastated and this shocking behaviour should not be encouraged.

“I would like the parents of these children involved to step up and play their part in educating their children on the serious dangers of throwing objects at vehicles before someone dies.

“Anyone found to be carrying out such acts will face the full force of the law.”

– Chief Inspector Dave Sutherland

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Police attempting to trace Middlesbrough man missing for three days

Steven Skinner may have travelled to Newcastle Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are attempting to trace 47-year-old Steven Skinner who was last seen in the Marton Road area of Middlesbrough on Tuesday 14th June.

He is described as a white man, around 5'8'' tall, of slim build with blonde, shaved hair. He has a tattoo of a woman on his left arm, various tattoos on his right arm and a tattoo of a ship on his back.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt, a red jacket and green and white trainers.

Steven may have travelled to the Newcastle area.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Middlesbrough Vigil for Orlando shooting victims

A vigil will be held this afternoon in Middlesbrough in support of the LGBT community in Orlando following the attack on Pulse nightclub on Saturday.

The event on facebook invites people to "come along in solidarity" at 5pm to Central Square, Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police have flown the rainbow flag at half mast in tribute, shown here with PCC Barry Coppinger with Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine.

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Search continues for missing Tanya Broughton from Eaglescliffe

Police are continuing to search 34-year-old Tanya Broughton who was last seen at her home on Lilac Road, Eaglescliffe, on Thursday 2nd June. She has been described as 'vulnerable'.

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Tanya is around 5 feet tall, of slim build with dark brown shoulder length straight hair. She was wearing a black three-quarter length jacket with a fur hood when she went missing.

Anyone with information about Tanya's whereabouts should contact police.

Police car chase ends in arrest of 2 men in Middlesbrough

The chase came to an end on Linthorpe Road Credit: Google Maps

Police chased a Citroen Picasso through Middlesbrough Town Centre for 20 minutes yesterday afternooon. The chase came to an end at Linthorpe Road when the car collided with a BMW X5 police vehicle, which in turn collided with another vehicle belonging to a member of the public.

The 31-year-old driver and his male passenger were both arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft and dangerous driving. No one was injured.

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Three men still in custody after man dies in Middlesbrough police station

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Cleveland Police have extended the detention of the three men arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

It's in connection with the death of 50-year- old Lawrence French from Middlesbrough.

Mr. French was speaking to police at Middlesbrough Police Station about an alleged burglary that had supposedly taken place at his Alwent Road home, when he became seriously ill.

Despite the efforts of staff, police officers and ambulance staff, he was pronounced dead a short time later at James Cook University Hospital.

A post mortem examination has been carried out.

Dramatic footage released of accident caused by distracted driver

Police have released dramatic footage of a car crash on the A19 which happened because a motorist was busy looking at another accident.

Craig Harding was distracted by another collision happening on the opposite side of the road in which an elderly driver had driven the wrong way down the carriageway.

60-year-old Marilyn McKnight was travelling in her Ford Ka with her son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Rachael, when their vehicle was hit by a Volkswagen Polo being driven by Mr Harding on 15th March 2015. Ms McKnight suffered severe injuries.

Craig Harding was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The pictures were released as part of a national campaign to remind drivers to be more aware on the roads.

Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said:

This footage shows what could happen should you not be giving your full attention to the road ahead. Marilyn’s life has been altered beyond recognition and her son and daughter-in-law are still suffering from the effects of that day. It’s worrying to think that a family day out could end up in such carnage."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Harry Simpson

Huge emergency training exercise to be held in Stockton

Armed police officer (library image) - Cleveland Police will be involved in the training exercise in Stockton in June Credit: (PA library image)

People living in Stockton are being told "don't be alarmed" by scenes of a major incident on Tuesday 14th June.

The Local Resilience Forum is going to be holding one of the largest outdoor emergency exercises ever to take place in the town.

Exercise Trafalgar will see agencies come together to test response plans against an 'unknown' emergency scenario at a ‘secret location’ within Stockton Town Centre.

Senior officers and executives are currently being kept in the dark about exact details and its nature to ensure their response is as real as possible.

Cleveland Police, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, North East Ambulance Service, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Stockton Riverside College and Thirteen Housing Group are all going to be involved.

Stockton Riverside College and SRC Bede Sixth Form students will form an integral part of the exercise too - with Public Services students acting as casualties.

Production Arts students will work with Amputees in Action supporting the set-up of the scene.

Members of the public can see the exact location on the day of the exercise through social media using #clevelandLRF, on police and partner Facebook pages.

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“This exercise will stringently test the skills of our emergency services and the plans we have in place to deal with major incidents.

We have highly professional and competent teams working in Cleveland keeping the area safe.

“This exercise gives us the opportunity to test our plans against realistic scenarios so that we can be confident that when we have to deal with major emergencies, responders are prepared.

– Chair of Cleveland Local Resilience Forum, Phil Lancaster
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