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Appeal to find missing 12 year old boy

James Knight
12 year old James Knight who disappeared on Tuesday Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are appealing for help to find a 12 year old boy who has gone missing in Middlesbrouugh.

James Knight disappeared from Normanby Road in South Bank just after midday on Tuesday 25 February.

He was last seen wearing a bright red hooded jacket, pale grey tracksuit bottoms and grey/black trainers.

Anyone who sees James or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police praise courage of victims in sexual exploitation case

Cleveland Police urged parents to make sure they know where their children are and who they are talking to, after the sentencing of three men in a sexual exploitation case.

Sakib Ahmed from Middlesbrough admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child , taxi driver Shakil Munir was convicted of two counts of the same offence. They have been jailed for eight years.

Ateeq Latif, 17, was convicted of two counts of arranging the commission of a child sex offence. He was sent to a young offenders' institution for three years.

Detectives said grooming affects girls from all walks of life and different social backgrounds.

This has been a difficult time for all involved and particularly for the young victims, who I commend for having the strength to see this through to the end.

It hasn’t been easy for them, or their loved ones, but hopefully now they can put this behind them and look forward to bright futures.

These men preyed on young, vulnerable girls by befriending them and securing their trust and then exploited it.

I hope today’s sentence sends out a clear message to anyone involved in this type of abuse and exploitation of young girls.

– Det Insp Dino Carlucci, Cleveland Police

Three men sentenced in sexual exploitation case

Men sentenced in sexual exploitation case on Teesside.
Men sentenced in sexual exploitation case on Teesside. Credit: Cleveland Police

Three men have been sentenced for their part in a case where girls as young as 13 were sexually exploited and abused.

Sakib Ahmed from Middlesbrough admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child , taxi driver Shakil Munir was convicted of two counts of the same offence.

Today, they were both jailed for 8 years.

Ateeq Latif, 17, was convicted of two counts of arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

He was sent to a young offenders' institution for three years.

The court was told the victims were suffering considerable, ongoing damage.

Police fitness figures broken down

Police in 27 force areas have provided information on how many officers have taken fitness tests and how many have failed. Here are the North East results - Northumbria Police's statistics were unavailable.

  • CLEVELAND - 614 took the test, 18 failed, 16 were women
  • DURHAM - 216 took the test, 3 failed, all were women
  • NORTH YORKSHIRE - 1037 took the test, 28 failed, 21 were women

Sussex tested the most officers, with 1282 people taking the test. The most fails came from Suffolk, who had 58 fails from 829 people tested.

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Teesside assault victim remains in a coma

Gerard James Williams remains in a coma Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police say a man who was subjected to a possible baseball bat attack remains in a coma.

Gerard James Williams, 42, was assaulted in the Whinney Banks area of Middlesbrough .

Police say they believe it was a targeted attack and he was injured by a person or persons using a wooden weapon of some kind, perhaps a hockey stick or baseball bat.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this attack to contact them.

Teesside assault victim in a coma

The scene where the attack took place last Friday Credit: ITV News

Cleveland Police have revealed the name of a 42 year old man who was badly assaulted in the Whinney Banks area of Middlesbrough last week.

Gerard Williams remains in a coma.

Officers say they believe it was a targeted attack and he was injured by a person or persons using a wooden weapon of some kind, perhaps a hockey stick or baseball bat.

Cleveland police federation demands independent inquiry into former officer Wayne Scott

The chairman of Cleveland Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said there has to be a completely independent investigation into the way the force handled former officer Wayne Scott.

Currently the police watchdog, the IPCC, is allowing Cleveland officers to look into their own force on the IPCC's behalf.

But after hearing the allegations on ITV Tyne Tees, the federation says only a fully independent investigation would provide credible answers.

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