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Suspected arson attack at Teesside Magistrates Court

Police believe a man may be responsible for the deliberate fire at Teesside Magistrates' Court. Credit: Google maps

Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a suspected arson attack at Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough.

Officers say someone deliberately set a fire in the court's doorway between 12:30am and 12:45am on Friday 6th January. No one was injured in the incident.

It is believed a man may be responsible for starting the fire. Police believe he approached the courts' entrance from Albert Road and then made off in the direction of Borough Road.

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened is asked to contact Detective Constable Brian Lightowler on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or

– Cleveland Police

Teesside MPs welcome Cleveland Police 'shake-up'

Cleveland Police has today announced major changes to the way it ensures it stays within the law.

The force is bringing in an expert to help oversee a new watchdog to ensure it follows strict standards in the way it deals with complaints.

It follows a series of high profile tribunals and court cases which have raised concerns about how the force is working.

Teesside MP's James Wharton and Alex Cunningham have welcomed today's changes:

This is a vindication for all those who've raised serious concerns of Cleveland police over many years now.

There are some very significant changes that are promised.

– James Wharton MP, Stockton South

There was no doubt something needed to be done.

They've gone a long way to addressing my concerns. But I would like to know what involvement we'll have from Her Majesty's Inspectorate as well - who I think should have some sort of overseeing of exactly what happens.

– Alex Cunningham MP, Stockton North


Fire in Middlesbrough treated as arson

Credit: Cleveland Police

Detectives are treating a fire at a house in Middlesbrough as arson.

The fire happened at around 10.45am on the morning of Saturday 17th December on Southfield Road.

The two women who were in the building at the time weren't hurt.

The incident follows two other fires that took place on the same evening, one at an address on Southfield Road and another at an address on Haddon Street on Monday 21st of November.

At the moment police are not linking the two incidents.


Warning after woman loses 'thousands' in voucher phone scam

(Picture posed by model) Credit: PA

Police are warning people about a scam after a man claiming to be a police officer scammed thousands of pounds from an elderly woman.

The victim had been contacted by the man over the telephone.

He told her that he was a police officer in London and that he was contacting her with regards to an on-going investigation into a purchase she had made.

She was then asked to send a cheque to an unknown woman.

The man then continually telephoned her for several weeks and asked her to buy thousands of pounds worth of iTunes and Amazon vouchers.

She was then asked to give the voucher codes to the man over the phone.

Cleveland police investigate historic abuse in football

Cleveland Police have confirmed that they have received allegations of historic abuse. Credit: Cleveland Police.

Cleveland Police have confirmed that they have received allegations of historic abuse connected with football clubs on Teesside.

A spokesman has told ITV News that they relate to clubs at all levels of the game.

They've confirmed no further details, but say the allegations will be looked at as part of Operation Hydrant, which is a nation-wide investigation.

Similar allegations are being investigated by the Northumbria and North Yorkshire police forces.

Cleveland Police has received allegations of non-recent abuse associated with football at all levels and these allegations are being investigated.

All information relating to non-recent child sexual abuse allegations received by Cleveland Police is being forwarded to Operation Hydrant for the purpose of national operational coordination.

This involves collating and cross referencing all information received to avoid duplication, and ensure efficient and effective sharing of information.

– Cleveland Police spokesperson
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