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14% of road deaths involve a young driver

Around 14% of all deaths and injuries on the roads in Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire involve a driver aged 17-19, according to a study for the RAC.

The figure for Northumbria is closer to the national average at just under 12%. This is despite the fact that only 1.5% of drivers are aged 17-19.

  • NATIONAL 11.9%
  • CLEVELAND 13.8%
  • DURHAM 14.1%


Stolen pet rabbit found hanging from tree

Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a pet rabbit was stolen during a burglary and was later found hanging from a tree.

The burglary took place at Manor Residents Association building on Kilmarnock Road in Hartlepool on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

A shed was broken into and a rabbit, which the children who use the centre played with, was stolen.

The rabbit was later found hanging from a tree on the Owton Manor Estate, having suffered numerous injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Anthony Wallace on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police launch a review of firearms licences in Cleveland

Cleveland Police has launched a review of all firearms licence holders in their force area.

The review, which is expected to take a number of months, is part of the Force's aim to ensure everyone with firearms licences have been issued with them in the correct way.

There are currently a total of just under 4,000 licences held in Cleveland.

"Our aim in to reassure the people of Cleveland that we take our responsibilities in terms of protecting the public from danger extremely seriously.

" We are conducting the review to ensure that each and every individual that currently holds a firearms licence is suitable to do so. In light of recent incidents around the country we also need to ensure that our processes are robust and fit for purpose."

– Inspector Mark Robson, Cleveland Police

Police search for escaped prisoner on Teesside

Wayne Land Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are searching for a man who failed to return to Kirklevington Prison in Stockton.

He had been out on day release, and failed to return on the evening of Saturday 1st March.

Officers have been carrying out investigations not only in Cleveland but other areas where he has connections.

He is described as 6'2" tall with blue eyes, and an upper front gold tooth.Land was serving time for a burglary offence in the South Yorkshire area, where he originates.


Man arrested after fatal crash on A174

Police investigating a fatal crash on the A174 Brotton Bypass have arrested a19-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The incident happened at 5pm on Friday 7 February.

Three cars were involved in the collision: a black Vauxhall Corsa, a grey Audi estate and a white Volkswagen Scirocco.

One of the passengers in the Corsa, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger in the same car, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to hospital, where she is in a stable condition.

Witnesses can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.

Chinese Lantern safety tips

Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued Chinese Lantern safety advice ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations. Since 2009 there have been 11 Chinese lantern incidents throughout Cleveland.

“With Chinese New Year almost upon us I appeal to local people to think about the potential consequences of igniting a sky lantern.

“The huge fire at Smethwick in the West Midlands last year is a reminder to us all of the devastation they can cause. As a Brigade we will continue to lobby the Government to introduce legislation to ban sky lanterns.

“Once they are lit and travel into the sky, no-one has any control over where and when they will land. They pose a serious risk to property, wildlife, the environment and people’s lives and the sooner they are banned, the better.”

– PHIL LANCASTER Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Director of Community Protection


-Lanterns must be used by responsible adults only

-Water should always be on hand in case the lanterns catch fire

-The launch area needs to be kept clear of combustible materialsDamaged lanterns must not be used

-Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, powerlines or buildings

-Do not launch near roads, especially major roads or motorways

-Do not launch within five miles of an airport

-Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five miles per hour (mph)Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns

Council's plea for help after flooding

Redcar and Cleveland Council's leader, Cllr George Dunning, has written to the local government Minister, Eric Pickles, making a special plea for help.

"I hope the Government will heed this call. A lot of people suffered from these floods.

"We will be responding to their requests to clean and make safe affected communities, but the council cannot do all this on its own.

"That is why we are approaching the government for Bellwin funding.”

– Cllr George Dunning, Leader, Redcar and Cleveland Council

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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