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Man offers girl lift under guise he's her father's friend

Police are appealing for information to trace a man who offered a lift home to an 11-year-old girl under the guise that he was a friend of her father.

The girl got into the black car on Church Lane, Guisborough, at 4pm on January 27. The man drove towards the roundabout leading to the A171. When the girl realised he was not who he claimed to be, and that he was not driving her home, she got out of the car.

The man is white, in his late 20s or early 30s, with a shaved or bald head and gold studs in his ears.

Anyone who witnessed anything is asked to contact police on 101.


Woman in her 90s indecently assaulted by teenager

Police are hunting for a man after a report of an indecent assault on a woman in her 90s.

The woman was outside the Salvation Army shop on Westgate in Guisborough. She was in her car on the morning of December 7 when a man, believed to be a teenager, got into her car asking for a lift.

They drove down the street and the woman parked up around 300 yards further down Westgate outside Curtain Boutique. This is where the man indecently assaulted her.

The suspect is described as 18-20 years old, between 5’2” and 5’7” tall and of medium build. He has light brown hair and was wearing a black t-shirt with a small white motif on the chest, and blue jeans or trousers.

Strictly star to appear at Durham Book Festival

Actor Mark Benton will be at this year's Durham Book Festival Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Benton will be at this year's Durham Book Festival.

The 48-year-old, from Guisborough, is appearing at Durham's Palace Green Library for an event celebrating Kenneth Grahame's classic novel The Wind in the Willows.

Mark, who played Mr Toad in Northern Stage's production of The Wind in the Willows in 2010, will be reading passages from the book from 11am.

Man arrested after body discovered in Guisborough

A man has been arrested after the body of a 39-year-old woman was discovered at a house in Guisborough.

Police were called to the address on New Road in the early hours of this morning, Wedneday, 24th September, after receiving a report of a death.

Officers recovered the body and are currently treating the death as unexplained.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "A 37-year-old man has been arrested is currently being questioned by police in connection with her death. A post mortem is due to be carried out in due course."


Police investigation after body found in Guisborough

The house in Guisborough where a woman's body was found Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A police investigation is underway after a woman's body was found in Guisborough.

Cleveland Police officers were called to a property in New Road just after midnight. When they arrived, they discovered the body of a 39-year-old woman.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow.

Police arrest seven suspected loan sharks

Seven suspected loan sharks have been arrested. Three women aged 28, 32 and 55, and four men, two aged 28, and the others aged 29 and 57, have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending. This follows operations in Guisborough and Skelton on September 23.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Cleveland Police, executed warrants at the addresses seizing documents and prohibited weapons.

“The council and its partners are committed to stamping out illegal money lending in the borough and I would urge anyone who has information about the practice to come forward.

Meanwhile, I would encourage anyone who is in financial difficulties to contact one of the many organisations who are here to help, such as the credit union and advisory service, Money-wise, the Citizens Advice Bureau, or the council itself.”

– George Dunning, leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 310 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 200 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £55 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 23,000 people.

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