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Full report: 14 Teessiders sentenced in massive drugs sting

Twenty two people have been sentenced to a total of more than 230 years in prison today (May 2) for their part in a multi-million pound drugs ring, which stretched across the North East and North West of England.

Fourteen of those sentenced were from Teesside, while eight were from the Greater Manchester area, in an investigation Cleveland Police says is of the biggest it has ever dealt with. Jonny Blair sent this report from Teesside Crown Court

14 Teesside criminals sentenced in drugs sting

22 people have been sentenced to a total of more than 230 years in prison for their part in a multi-million pound drugs ring. The massive police investigation, called Operation Cobweb, stretched across the North East and North West of England.

14 of those sentenced were from Teesside, while eight were from the Greater Manchester area, in an investigation Cleveland Police says is one of the biggest it has ever dealt with.

Man released without charge following Teesside penis attack

A man who was arrested after an incident in which another man's penis was cut off, has been released without charge.

The 40 year old victim was found in a distressed state on the A66 on Teesside in March.

He was treated at the James Cook University Hospital, initially in an induced coma.

A 22 year old man was arrested at the time in connection with the attack and was subsequently bailed. Police say he has now been released from bail without charge.

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Man steals cash from elderly in Middlesbrough

A man in Middlesbrough has been scamming elderly people into handing over cash by pretending to sell them cigarettes and whisky.

On three separate occasions in the last week, a man has knocked on doors of elderly residents and persuaded them to buy the goods.

When they handed over the money, he ran off, with a total of £750.

He targeted addresses on Dalcross Court in Hemlington, Ravendale Road in Middlesbrough and Park Avenue in South Bank, Middlesbrough between Thursday April 17 and Saturday April 19.

Residents are reminded not to buy items from people that come to their front door without legitimate identification, not to let people that they do not know into their house and also not to show them items of value.

– DC Paul Whitehouse

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Teaching assistant 'hit pupil with umbrella', claims dad

Prince Bishop school are investigating an allegation a teaching assistant hit a pupil with an umbrella. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police are investigating an allegation that a teaching assistant on Teesside hit a pupil with an umbrella.

Prince Bishop School in Middlesbrough said today that an incident occurred on Friday and both they and police are looking into it.

The boy's father told Tyne Tees he couldn't believe it when his son came home bruised.

The bruise on the pupil's leg. His father claims a teacher hit his son with an umbrella. Credit: Family photo
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