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47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

More than 28 people have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Doctors, teachers and former police officers - from our region - are amongst the 660 suspected paedophiles who have been arrested in the biggest operation of its kind.

The six month long action has been led by The National Crime Agency.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham and Northumbria Police have arrested 19 people.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

Mike Ashley bows out of Sports Direct profit-share scheme

Mike Ashley
Credit: PA

Mike Ashley has bowed out of a controversial profit-share scheme which could see 3,000 permanent staff receive a piece of £200m if profits double in 2019.

The scheme recently came under fire from investors groups and the Institute of Directors who were planning to vote against Chairman Keith Hellawell and other board members because they were unhappy with the arrangement.

In a statement on the Sport's Direct website today the company confirms that despite approval from a panel of independent shareholders that he could receive a payout he has - after discussions with the board - decided to refuse his payout.

Keith Hellawell, Non-Executive Chairman of Sports Direct International plc, said:

"The resolution passed by shareholders to implement the 2015 Bonus Share Scheme clearly recognises the success of previous company-wide schemes, and the significant contribution from Mike.

"On behalf of the entire Board, I should like to thank shareholders for the trust and confidence that they have demonstrated towards the team.

"Mike remains fully committed to achieving the scheme's stretch targets. Regarding the allocation of shares, Mike's focus is on ensuring that the scheme aligns all employees to achieve the Company's objectives.

"Following recent unhelpful speculation surrounding his potential allocation, he is determined to ensure that there is the maximum number of shares available for the eligible employees."

Mike Ashley has not received a salary or any bonus since Sports Direct was floated in 2007 when he received £929m.

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Middlesbrough street creates secret garden in alleyway

A community has worked together to transform a Victorian alleyway into a beautiful secret garden.

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The secret garden is just around the corner from dingier streets Credit: ITV

The passage, in Middlesbrough, was fenced off ten years ago to reduce anti-social behaviour, but now residents say it has become their sanctuary.

Secret garden
The flowers are mostly the work of Mavis Arnold, 75 Credit: ITV

A66 in Middlesbrough will be closed for 4 hours after HGV collision

Police have closed both carriageways of the A66 close to Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium after a two huge steel pipes fell off an HGV into the path of a second lorry.

It's thought the second HGV collided into the pipes which are 40 foot long and 4 foot in diameter. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

The second lorry was carrying a liquid but there has been no spillage. Officers were called just before 11.30. Cleveland Fire Brigade is at the scene.

Drivers have been warned the road will remain closed in both directions for at least four hours.

Faster and more specialist cancer treatment at Middlesborough hospital

The artist Mackenzie Thorpe has opened a new cancer service on Teesside today at James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough.

The acute oncology service will give special care to patients who are admitted after having health problems from having cancer or cancer treatment.

It means patients will be dealt with by specialists - getting faster treatment and not having to stay in hospital as long.

The service is being funded by Macmillan Cancer support.

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