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A man who died after falling from a bridge on to the A19 has been named.
Stephen Merryweather fell onto the road on Sunday morning between the junctions for the A174 Parkway and A67, Crathornem and was hit by a vehicle.
The 64-year-old was a retired police officer from the Cleveland Force and lived in Yarm.
Tom Blenkinsop has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East.
Cleveland Police is the only force in the country to investigate all crimes reported to it.
Cleveland's performance is in stark contrast to many other police forces, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary - which suggests that many have given up on basic policing, because of a lack of resources.
Police need "the tools to do the job" if they are going to investigate every crime which is reported, a watchdog has told Good Morning Britain.
HMIC's Thomas Winsor said police did prioritise violent crimes but needed to be "properly supervised, properly lead and given the tools to do the job," if they were going to investigate more low level criminality.
Austerity has forced police to use their time more efficiently and this has meant prioritising calls from victims of alleged crimes, the Association of Chief Police Officers said.
President Sir Hugh Orde said:
We accept that the public has a natural expectation to have a positive and supportive experience of interacting with the police service when they have been a victim of crime.
The reality of austerity in policing means that forces must ensure that their officers' time is put to best use and this means prioritising calls.
In some instances, this may mean that a report of a crime where the victim is not in imminent danger or the offender is not still in the immediate vicinity will be dealt with over the phone or by other means than the deployment of an officer to the scene. This is not an abdication of forces' duty of care to victims.
Some 17 police constabularies in England and Wales have such a disinterested mindset towards some crimes they "failed to identify vulnerable callers", a watchdog has found.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found:
- A total of 37 out of 43 forces in England and Wales used a system in which a call-handler assessed whether an officer should attend the scene of an incident.
- But in some forces, call-handlers could not accurately describe what amounted to a risk or threat.
- Attendance rates at crime scenes in the year to November 30 2013 varied widely between forces from 39% in Warwickshire to 100% in Cleveland.
- This means that nearly two-thirds of crime scenes in Warwickshire were not attended by a police officer.
- And in 17 forces, the Inspectorate found police community support officers (PCSOs) were being asked to investigate crimes beyond their role profile and training.