A North East Ambulance crew had their windscreen smashed by vandals near Eston as they travelled to collect a patient.Read the full story ›
A baby seal has been found stranded on a Teesside beach. The grey pup was found yesterday on Saltburn beach by a member of the public and was rescued by a volunteer from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).
The pup will be cared for until it is well enough to be released back into the wild.
The Grey seal pup will be around 3-4 weeks old, there were no injuries but at 13.5kg it is underweight and therefore will need to be looked after at a rehab centre until it is big enough to be released back into the wild.
Grey seal pups stay with their mothers until they are weaned at around 3 weeks old, after that they are left alone to take care of themselves. While most are fine some struggle and once they become dehydrated they end up on our beaches and are in danger from dogs and people.
Police have found 56-year-old Anthony Smith from Redcar.
He was reported missing on February 16.
Mr Smith has now been found safe and well in the Saltburn area.
Police are appealing for information about a missing man from Redcar.
Anthony Smith, 56, was last seen at his home on Trent Road, Redcar, at around 8.30am on February 16. There was a sighting of him on Milton Street, in Saltburn, at around 5.30pm on February 17.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
The Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, George Dunning, has announced his resignation.
The councillor handed over a resignation letter at the start of a meeting in which a vote of no-confidence in him was scheduled. It comes after his deselection, and resignation, from the Labour Party last week.
A new council leader will be voted in shortly.
Police are appealing to trace a missing 30-year-old man who is believed to be heading to the Redcar area.Read the full story ›
A couple from Cleveland are turning their campsite into the fabled Middle Earth, complete with hobbit homes.
Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg received £10,000 from Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Coastal Communities Fund for the first of seven underground hobbit houses at their Liverton campsite.
Based on the Hobbit Shire, in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, the couple will provide unique accommodation on Golden Hill Farm, the former Bunny Land site, creating four jobs.
Carol said: “When we opened the campsite we wanted to create a place where families and particularly children could enjoy nature instead of being glued to the telly. We aim to create an environment for wildlife to thrive and the new project is an extension of that ethos. The North York Moors National Park Authority recognises this and has given the go ahead, which is a fantastic endorsement.”
North Shire will cost £200,000 to build and will operate alongside the couple’s existing family campsite which features two traditional gypsy caravans.
Each wheelchair accessible subterranean hobbit house will have two bedrooms, a lounge, cooking facilities and a wood burning stove.
Grants of up to £10,000 in match-funding are available to support tourism and leisure businesses, like in the borough through the Coastal Communities Fund.
The secretary of the Redcar UKIP branch faces being expelled from the party after she posted derogatory remarks about the media coverage of the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Pamela Preedy wrote in a UKIP online forum last year that the image of the murdered teenager has been "promoted to sainthood".
The party's North East chairman has launched a full investigation into the comments which he says entirely contradict UKIP's policies.
Rachel Bullock reports.
Richard Elvin, the regional chairman of the UK Independence Party says a branch secretary may be stripped of her party membership after she made derogatory remarks about the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Pamela Preedy is secretary of UKIP's Redcar and Cleveland branch. Last year on an online UKIP forum she said: "the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood " She also accused David Cameron of "worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen".
Mr Elvin told ITV Ms Preedy's views absolutely contradict UKIP's policies, he condemns them and has apologised to the Lawrence family.
Redcar and Cleveland's UKIP secretary Pamela Preedy is caught up in a racism row over remarks about Stephen Lawrence. Mr Lawrence was murdered in 1993 and his family have fought for justice ever since.
A conversation on a UK Independence Party internal forum around the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder last year, which Pamela Preedy took part in, has been uncovered.
PAMELA PREEDY SAID:
"It is absolutely true that the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood."
"In Monday's news, there was Cameron and other high politicos worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen as they stood before his picture for a minute's silence."
"His death is supposed to have changed Britain, revealing how we are all institutionally racist etc. Please give it a rest! I'm sure that Stephen was an ordinary boy with all the typical virtues and flaws of any teenage human being, not a saint in the making."
"I'm sure that his mother still grieves for him, but it's time she did it privately without setting him up as some kind of media icon. She risks losing any sympathy for her cause (getting the other three killers in jail presumably) and boring us all to tears."
"Poor Stephen; he didn't deserve his awful death and he doesn't deserve his name being endlessly touted around like this either."