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Toy Doll Recall in Hartlepool

Trading Standards Officer Rachael Readman with the dolls Credit: Hartlepool Council

Anyone who has bought a toy doll with an animal design on the outfit in Hartlepool should return it to the seller. Hartlepool Council are concerned a doll that's been on sale at the town's indoor market could be one from China which has previously been subject to a national product recall.

Trading Standards officers are concerned the dolls may contain a chemical which when consumed has been associated with causing cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men.

"Whilst we do not want to cause unnecessary alarm, we want to make parents aware to ensure that children have no contact with these dolls. Young babies in particular will often chew soft toys and there is a real concern that they could be at risk."

"The remaining stock of dolls has been handed over by the trader and we are waiting on formal analysis before we can confirm if the dolls contain phthalates. An investigation on how the dolls came to be on sale in Hartlepool is ongoing."

"I would encourage anyone who may have purchased one of these dolls as a Christmas present for a child to ensure the child's parent is aware of our concerns. We would also welcome any information about other traders who may be retailing these dolls, unaware of the product recall."



Hartlepool dog owners 'hand in pets as strays'

Dog owners in Hartlepool have been warned that they could face prosecution if they are caught abusing the local dog warden service.

Hartlepool Council says it is concerned that some owners are attempting to get rid of their pets by falsely handing them in as strays.

"Most cases are difficult to prove because the dogs in question are not micro-chipped or their chips contain the details of a previous owner.

"Nevertheless, when we arrive to pick up some dogs it is pretty obvious that they are being taken from their owners and not random people they have only just met."

– Kate Ainger, Environmental Projects officer, Hartlepool Council

Ms Ainger said there had been two recent cases where wardens had been able to prove without question that the dogs being handed in were not strays.

"One dog had its microchip registered to the address of the 'finder'. Consequently, we refused to take the dog and gave the owner a warning,"

"In the second case, the dog was collected by the dog warden in good faith but we were later made aware that the 'finder' was again the dog's real owner.

"The dog has been re-homed and we are pursuing all costs relating to its collection, kennelling, and re-homing from the owner.

"We want people to be aware that we are actively on the look-out for people abusing our dog warden service and where fraud is identified we will take action to recoup any costs incurred.

"We may even report the owner to the police for fraud and to the RSPCA for abandonment of an animal, both of which could result in criminal prosecution."

– Kate Ainger, Environmental Projects officer, Hartlepool Council

Full report: Hartlepool rejects mayoral system

Voters in Hartlepool have decided to scrap the town's elected mayor after 10 years.

Most people have voted to replace the mayor with a traditional system of council committees, which supporters say will save thousands of pounds a year.

The result means Stuart Drummond, the Hartlepool mayor who shot to fame in 2002 after winning the position as an independent candidate, will be replaced by a committee system next year.

Hartlepool votes to abolish mayoral control

Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond will be replaced by a committee system next year Credit: ITV

Stuart Drummond, the Hartlepool mayor who shot to fame in 2002 after winning the position as an independent candidate, will be replaced by a committee system next year after the people of Hartlepool voted to abolish the mayoral post.

Mr Drummond has been Mayor of Hartlepool for three successive terms, but his position was threatened after Labour councillors in the town demanded a referendum on how its council was run.

On Thursday Hartlepool's voters decided that they would like to return to the committee system and abolish the post.

In a referendum, 7,366 voters said that they wanted the town to be run by a committee, while only 5,177 said they wanted the local authority to be overseen by a mayor and cabinet.

The voter turnout for Hartlepool was eighteen percent.

Mr Drummond, the former Hartlepool Football Club mascot, will continue in the post until the next local elections in May 2013.


Hartlepool Referendum to decide council's future

A Referendum is taking place in Hartlepool to determine how the council is run in the future.

It follows a meeting in August of this year when councillors voted unanimously in favour of a Referendum.

The Referendum will give people from Hartlepool a chance to decide whether their council is run by a mayor elected by voters, as it currently is, or whether the council is run by one or more committees made up of elected councillors.

Any changes to the current system will not be implemented until May 2013.