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IPCC investigation after 10-year-old boy bitten by Cleveland Police dog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward after a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a Cleveland Police dog on Teesside.

Fletcher Porritt was injured as a police dog handler attended another incident (in which Fletcher was not involved) near to Farleigh Close in Billingham, just after 8pm on Thursday 3 March 2016.

The matter was referred to the IPCC by Cleveland Police.

An independent investigation is now underway.

“I am aware of the injuries to Fletcher and I wish him a speedy recovery.

“The IPCC investigation is now underway but I urge anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the IPCC as soon as possible.

“It is vital that we collate all the relevant information available to us to ensure a thorough investigation can take place.”

– IPCC Commissioner, Carl Gumsley

Cleveland Police release statement regarding missing David Dixon from Hartlepool

Missing David Dixon who has not been heard from since the Brussels metro attacks Credit: Family photo

Cleveland Police are supporting the brother of a David Dixon who was originally from Hartlepool but has been living in Brussels for the past 15 years.

It is believed he left home yesterday morning to take the metro but has not been seen since and it is possible he was caught up in the tragic events in the City.

The family of Mr Dixon are being supported by Family Liaison officers and they have asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time and that they are not contacted directly by the media.

Police are also liaising with the Foreign Office on the matter.

– Cleveland Police


IPCC to investigate after Cleveland Police officer suffered 'victimisation and discrimination' due to race

The IPCC is investigating after an employment tribunal found that a Cleveland Police officer was subject to 'victimisation and discrimination' from a number of colleagues, because of his race.

The employment tribunal, which finished in November 2015, related to allegations made by Pc Nadeem Saddique.

“The employment tribunal judgement raises serious concerns which potentially impact on the confidence in Cleveland Police, not just from the public, but also the employees of the force.

It is therefore important that an independent investigation is conducted to examine the concerns thoroughly.”

– IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen

Cleveland Police responded with this statement:

Cleveland Police referred the matter to the IPCC following the employment tribunal judgement and will support their investigation as required.

– Cleveland Police

Middlesbrough 14-year-old missing since Sunday

Mark Freer has not been seen since last Sunday Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are urgently trying to trace missing 14-year-old Mark Ronnie Freer who was last seen at a property on Evesham Road in Middlesbrough at midday on Sunday March 6.

Mark is a white man with short dark hair. He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit.

Anyone with information about Mark's whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Update on murder of Lee Pettite

Lee Pettite Credit: Family photo

Cleveland Police can now confirm the identity of the man found in Oakley Walk in Eston on Tuesday afternoon with chest injuries who subsequently died in hospital was Lee Pettite.

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old man yesterday and have now arrested a further two local men, one aged 22 and the other aged 21, in connection with Lee's murder.

Police treating man's death in Normanby as suspicious

Police are treating the death of a man from serious chest injuries in Normanby this evening as suspicious.

Cleveland Police received a report at around 5.15pm that an ambulance had been called to a man with serious and significant chest injuries in the Flatts Lane area of Normanby.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and those from the air ambulance, the man died.

Detectives are treating the death as suspicious and have begun an investigation into how the man sustained his injuries.

Officers have several lines of enquiry, including whether the injuries may have been as a result of a targeted assault.

A section of Flatts Lane has been closed while detectives and forensic officers conduct searches of the area.

Specialist officers will begin identifying and contacting the man's family members.

Anyone with any information, or who may have seen anything suspicious is asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers independently and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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