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Boy, 15, fighting for his life after Redcar collision

The 15-year-old arrived at James Cook Hospital in a critical condition.

A teenager is fighting for his life in hospital after a collision between a bicycle and a car in Redcar.

The 15-year-old boy was put into a medically induced coma by the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

He was then taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with a serious head injury. He arrived in a critical condition.


Boy aged 7 injured in four car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash that involved four cars in Redcar.

It happened on Kirkleatham Lane at around 1pm on Friday 2nd December.

The collision involved :

  • a bronze BMW 320
  • a red BMW 330D
  • a white Citroen C3
  • a black Nissan Qashqai

Anyone who saw a red BMW and a bronze BMW travelling along the Trunk Road, Middlesbrough, from Cargo Fleet Lane, passing Cleveland Retail Park and onto the Trunk Road heading towards Kirkleatham Lane is being urged to get in touch.

The 25-year-old male driver of the red BMW and the 43-year- old driver of the bronze BMW were both arrested in connection with the incident.

A man and two passengers - including a 7-year-old boy - from the Citroen C3, and the female driver of the Nissan Qashqai, were taken to James Cook University Hospital with minor injuries.

Family's warning after online dating death

Two years ago Mitchell Bowie from Redcar met a woman online - he believed she was his girlfriend, although they never met.

His family say the torment he suffered led to his death.

An inquest heard he sent a picture of himself to the woman showing him preparing to commit suicide, but a coroner said she couldn't be sure he intended to die.

Now Mitchell's family are warning other parents of the dangers of the internet.

Rachel Bullock has been talking to them:

Leader of Redcar Council to seek nomination for Metro Mayoral election

Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Councillor Sue Jeffrey, has announced her intention to seek nomination as Labour’s candidate for the upcoming Metro Mayoral election for the Tees Valley next May.

Sue, who has lived and worked in the Tees Valley for 35 years, has been leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council since May 2015 and was Chair of the Combined Authority in 2015-2016.

Sue said:

I am seeking this nomination as I believe I am the best person to be Mayor. I have the experience, the knowledge and the values needed to lead us forward at this pivotal moment for our economy and jobs.

For too long the future of the Tees Valley has been in the hands of faceless officials in Whitehall who know nothing about our area. At last we have a chance to change that.

Throughout my career I have been a tireless ambassador for the Tees Valley and its people. I am passionate about the area, our industry, our businesses and our communities. I want to make sure they have the best opportunities to prosper, grow and realise their potential. I know that I can play a big part in making that happen.”

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey

If selected, Sue will be the first woman in the UK to be picked by the Labour Party to contest a MetroMayor election.


Two men bailed over dog found buried alive

Credit: RSPCA

The two men arrested on suspicion of cruelty following the discovery of a severely injured dog in Kirkleatham woods have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The dog was found buried alive and with a nail through its head, and was only found after a couple stumbled across the gruesome sight in Kirkleatham Woods in Redcar, Cleveland, while they were out walking.

Two men arrested over dog found buried alive

Credit: RSPCA

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty following the discovery of a severely injured dog in Redcar.

The dog was found buried alive and with a nail through its head, and was only found after a couple stumbled across the gruesome sight in Kirkleatham Woods in Redcar, Cleveland, while they were out walking.

The arrested men are aged 60 and 59 respectively and are from the Redcar area.

They are currently being interviewed by the RSPCA officer investigating.

Redcar MP says dog attack is 'abhorrent act of cruelty'

Redcar MP Anna Turley

Redcar MP Anna Turley has responded to the news that a dog has been found buried alive in Redcar, calling it an 'abhorrent act of cruelty'.

A couple stumbled across the dog in Kirkleatham Woods while they were out walking on Wednesday 19th.

This abhorrent act of cruelty is sickening. That someone would even consider, let alone inflict, such brutality on a defenceless animal is beyond belief.

I hope the perpetrators of this crime are caught and receive the punishment they deserve.

We saw with the case of Baby the bulldog and the horrific treatment of her by the Frankish brothers that the sentencing for animal cruelty cases does not reflect the severity of the crime.

– Redcar MP Anna Turley

Andrew and Daniel Frankish from Redcar horrifically abused their pet bulldog, Baby, repeatedly throwing her down the stairs, stamping on her head, swinging her around and head-butting her.

They filmed the attack and were seen and heard to be laughing. Baby’s injuries were so severe that she was put down three months after the vicious attack due to loss of the use of her hind legs.

The brothers avoided jail and were sentenced in March 2016 to 21 weeks in prison, suspended for two years and a tagged curfew for six months.

It is not a deterrent to individuals committing awful crimes like this against animals.

This is why I have secured a Private Members Bill in Parliament to toughen up animal cruelty sentencing. We need action to put an end to cases like this.

– Redcar MP Anna Turley

The Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill was presented to Parliament by Anna on Monday 4th July 2016 and is due to have its second reading debate on Friday 24th February 2017.

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