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CCTV images: Middlesbrough distraction scams

CCTV image from Ernie's News in North Ormesby.
CCTV image from Ernie's News in North Ormesby. Credit: Cleveland Police
CCTV image from One Stop in North Ormesby.
CCTV image from One Stop in North Ormesby. Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have released CCTV images following another distraction burglary in Middlesbrough, and an attempted one.

The first incident took place on Monday (July 23)The first incident took place on Monday 23rd June at Ernie’s News on Kings Road in North Ormesby. A man entered the store and made a purchase with a £20 note.

After taking his change he then asked the member of staff for a different £10 note with a different serial number. He engaged the member of staff in conversation and managed to persuade them to re-open the till and look for another serial number. However he was interrupted by another staff member and left without anything.

On Monday 14th July a man attended One Stop, also on Kings Road in North Ormesby, and made a purchase. Again, when he received his change the man asked for a different £10 note. He was able to persuade the lone member of staff to open the till and was able to lean over the counter and hold the money. Whilst doing this he managed to steal £70 cash.

Witnesses sought to pool cue assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in The Crown on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

A 29-year-old woman was playing pool with a man when she was hit with a pool cue to the face between 2am and 2.30am on Tuesday, July 22.

The woman suffered swelling and bruising to her left eye. She did not attend hospital but later sought treatment for her injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male, aged 21-27 years old, with ginger hair which was cut short and wearing a black coloured T-shirt and black trousers.

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Witness to indecent exposure sought

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself on Hemlington Road in Middlesbrough.

The incident happened at around 9.10pm on Monday (July 21) there were two young girls in the area around the time and a passing motorist who may have witnessed the incident.

Police would appeal for these potential witnesses or anyone else who was in the area between 8.50pm and 9.10pm to speak to them.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of exposure and he remains on police bail pending further enquiries.

Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.

Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.

Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.

In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.

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Gaza protests planned in Newcastle and Middlesbrough

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Today's protests come after a vigil was held by Grey's Monument on Tuesday 15th July. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Protests are expected in Newcastle and Middlesbrough today to show solidarity with people affected by the current conflict in Gaza.

Both events are planned to start at 11.30am. The one on Teesside will begin at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road. Meanwhile, the protest in Newcastle will start at the City Pool on Northumberland Road.

This comes after a vigil was held outside Grey's Monument in Newcastle on Tuesday 15th July.

Two men in hospital after collision between scooter and pedestrian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision involving a scooter and a 21-year-old pedestrian in Middlesbrough.

It happened at around 6.30pm on Linthorpe Road towards Albert Road on July 22.

Two people remain in hospital. The rider of the scooter suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and lacerations. He is in a “critical” condition. The pedestrian suffered a broken foot and lacerations. He is in a “stable” condition.

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