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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

Appeal to find missing Hartlepool teen

Clarke Wilson

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace 16-year-old Clarke Wilson from Hartlepool, who has not been seen since Thursday May 12.

Clarke is white, 6’2” tall and of slim build with a pale complexion and short blonde hair.

He was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit top and black tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who has seen Clarke or who knows where he is should contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number.


Investigations continue following armed incident in Hartlepool

Cleveland Police have issued the following statement regarding an armed incident at Titan House in Hartlepool this morning.

Police remain outside the house afternoon, however they do not believe there is any threat to anyone inside or to the public.

Police are still in attendance at Titan House in York Road Hartlepool but can confirm it is not believed there is any threat to anyone inside the building or to the wider community in Hartlepool.

People are being allowed into and out of the building, however, police are still investigating an incident which took place there this morning when they responded to someone armed with a firearm inside the building.

An investigation has commenced to find out if this was the case, but there is no reason to believe anyone is now under any type of threat or in danger.

– Cleveland Police

Armed police remain outside Titan House in Hartlepool

Armed police remain outside Titan House in Hartlepool this afternoon.

Police cars outside Titan House, Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

Cleveland Police's armed response unit were called to the house at 10:10am this morning after receiving reports of an armed male in dispute with a tenant.

Enquiries are on-going.

Police cars outside Titan House, Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

Thousands of pounds worth of items stolen from Middlesbrough house

Police are appealing for information after a house was broken into on Easterside Road near to the junction of Broughton Avenue, Easterside in Middlesbrough.

It happened between Wednesday 13th April and Friday 22nd April.

Thousands of pounds worth of items were stolen from the property:

  • a space silver 13 “ Hewlett Packard Laptop
  • a black Xbox One games console
  • a Dewalt brush steel drill (model number DCD795)
  • a black and green Makita tool bag with tools inside
  • two boxed chandelier lights
  • a man’s green North Face ski jacket
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