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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.


Terrified fox found after being attacked by dog

A fox has been rescued by a neighbourhood police officer after a group of young people reportedly set a dog on it.

A terrified fox found in Middlesbrough after being attacked by a gang of youths with a dog Credit: Cleveland Police

The fox was found on Monday evening, January 25, at around 8pm, when police were called to an address on Beechwood Avenue in Middlesbrough.

The animal was found scared and trying to hide, with several puncture wounds on its body.

Witnesses describe how the teenagers chased and cornered it before encouraging the dog to attack.

The RSPCA is now looking after the fox.

  • Anyone with information should call Cleveland Police on 101.

'Urgent' appeal to trace woman missing from Redcar

Cleveland Police are "urgently appealing" for help to trace a 38-year-old woman missing from Redcar.

Nicola Riley was last seen on Hambleton Crescent in Markse, on the morning of Wednesday 20 January.

Nicola Riley is described as 5ft7" tall, and of medium build. Credit: Cleveland Police

She was last seen wearing a baggy black jumper with a distinctive skull pattern, black bottoms, off-white footwear, and she was carrying a bright orange carrier bag.

Officers are asking anyone who may have seen her, or know of her whereabouts, to call Cleveland Police on 101.

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