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Call for cash after flooding

The government is being asked for money to help those affected by flooding after torrential rain in parts of the region last weekend.

Saltburn, Redcar and other areas of East Cleveland were hardest hit. A number of people were forced to leave their homes.

Redcar and Cleveland Council is asking for funds from special cash reserves held by the government for emergencies like this.

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Van driver killed in crash near Bridport

Map of the crash on the A35 two miles east of Bridport Credit: ITV News West Country

A man was killed and another seriously injured in a crash involving three vans in Dorset.

It happened outside Woodlands Farm on the A35 near Bridport at 6pm on Monday night.

A 49-year-old man from Cleveland died at the scene.

A 32-year-old man from Bournemouth was airlifted to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The third van driver, a 48-year-old man from Wareham, suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for 12 hours while investigations took place.


Cleveland highlighted by committee calling for better police ethics

A report into policing standards says the alleged corruption and incompetence at Cleveland Police must have shaken the faith of the public in their top officers.

The Home Affairs Committee report says that policing in Cleveland is notable for the series of alleged on-going scandals.

The report calls for a new national police code of ethics and integrity and says that officers found guilty of serious misconduct should have their pensions cut.

The report also says that guidance issued by the College of Policing should be binding and Chiefs who do not follow them should be subject to fines and disciplinary proceedings.

"We make no comment on the individual cases in Cleveland, but a concentration of so many egregious cases of alleged corruption and incompetence must have shaken the faith of the public in their top officers."

– Home Affairs Committee report
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Police Federation attacks MPs' 'knee jerk reaction'

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents tens of thousands of officers, has said that the recommendations from the Home Affairs Select Committee could lead to greater confusion:

We remain to be convinced that creating a new code of ethics would be any more effective than that which already exists and one that we believe already demands the highest standards of each and every police officer.

Further, there will be considerable cost in creating yet another discipline body within the College of Policing, along with forces themselves, the IPCC and the HMIC.

Financial concerns aside, this is also likely to lead to overlaps, gaps and confusion over decision making in relation to discipline matters.

Integrity in policing is paramount, but knee jerk reaction to historic cases and those involving an extremely small minority of the 134,000 officers who police this country with absolute commitment should not dictate future policy making.

– spokeswoman, Police Federation of England and Wales
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MPs: Police should have pensions docked for offences

Police officers should have their pensions docked as punishment for the most serious cases of misconduct in a bid to improve ethics within the service, a group of influential MPs has said.

The committee is calling for a new code of ethics for police officers Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

In a report on policing standards, the Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended that a scale of fines should be established to tackle corruption among officers.

The Committee has also called for a new code of ethics to be established and for all new officers to obtain a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

The report comes shortly after fresh allegations were made against the Metropolitan Police that undercover officers spied on members of murdered Stephen Lawrence's family.


Full Report: Former Police Authority chief found guilty

The man who was once in charge of managing Cleveland police has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

A jury decided Dave McLuckie did transfer speeding points to a friend so that his career at the police authority would not be jeopardised.

He has now been told that he can expect to go to jail.

You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

Cleveland MP: "No one is above the law"

The MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has released the following statement in response to today’s guilty verdict for Dave McLuckie for perverting the course of justice.

“No one is above the law, and that applies to every elected politician and public servant.

"The Labour Party should not - and will not - tolerate this type of illegal behaviour.

“With a jury finding Cllr McLuckie guilty of an extremely serious offence and the Judge warning he faces a likely prison sentence, I am repeating my previous calls for him to resign as a Skelton ward councillor.

"He must do this as a matter of urgency."

– Tom Blenkinsop MP

Former Police Authority Chief found guilty

A former police authority chairman was convicted today of persuading a friend to take penalty points for him so he could avoid a driving ban and further his career.

Dave McLuckie, who was Cleveland Police Authority chairman at the time, was convicted of perverting the course of justice following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

In 2005, when McLuckie was still vice-chairman of Cleveland Police Authority and about to take on the senior role, he asked family friend Maurice Ward to take three penalty points for him after his black Peugeot was caught by a speed camera doing 36mph in a 30mph zone at Carlin How.

McLuckie, a member of Redcar and Cleveland Council who works at a potash mine, already had nine points on his licence and was facing a ban after the latest offence.

Instead, he visited his friend who lived nearby in Skelton and asked him for a "big favour" and to take the blame, the jury was told.

The allegation came to light after Mr Ward fell out with McLuckie when he became sick with cancer and felt his former friend had not visited him enough.

Mr Ward, who died in January last year, wrote a note saying he had taken the points for the authority chairman.

After his death, Mr Ward's daughter Donna contacted a councillor who took the matter to the police and McLuckie, from Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, was arrested.

He denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted after a week-long trial.

During the trial, McLuckie claimed the speeding points allegation was driven by malice.

He accepted he might have been driving the car, but said he had discussed the matter with Mr Ward and they had agreed his friend had been driving the car at the time.

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