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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.


Appeal to trace taxi driver after man found with injuries in Redcar

Police are looking to trace a taxi driver after a 66-year-old man was found with injuries to his face at the junction of Normanby Road and Trunk Road on Friday (23rd Sept).

He was discovered at 6.10am on Friday 23rd September, and officers think he might have travelled towards the area by taxi.

The man who was injured continues to receive treatment at James Cook University Hospital.

It's not clear how he got his injuries.

A man and woman from the South Bank area have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and theft and a 38-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Runners take to Redcar's roads in half marathon

Credit: Redcar Half Marathon

Redcar's 34th Half Marathon gets underway this weekend, and people are being invited to line the route and show their support for friends and family.

Taking place on Sunday 25 September at 10am on Majuba Road, the race will welcome over 1,000 runners.

The Half Marathon events for this year will again include the INEOS sponsored one mile Go Run for Fun aimed at primary school children, the Beacon 5 Kilometre and the wheelchair half marathon.

“Many of the runners will be raising money for charity, so it would be a fantastic show of support if there were a lot of people cheering them on.

“It’s going to be a great day for all the family and I look forward to welcoming some of the best athletes in the region to Redcar.”

– Councillor Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for jobs, skills and leisure

To ensure the safety of competitors a number of the borough's roads will be closed throughout the duration of the event and some local bus services maybe suspended or diverted.

A temporary road closure will be in operation the following roads on Sunday the 25th September 2016 from 7am 2pm:

  • Coast Road (From High Street roundabout Marske to Zetland roundabout, Redcar)
  • Granville Terrace, Redcar (For its full length)
  • The Esplanade, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Newcomen Terrace, Redcar (To its junction with Majuba Road)
  • Majuba Road, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Bridge Road, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Trunk Road, Redcar (From Kirkleatham Lane to Westgate roundabout)
  • Green Lane, Redcar

Three teenagers rescued from rising tide in Redcar

Credit: RNLI/Dave Cocks

Three teenagers cut off by the rising tide had to be rescued by the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat on Saturday 17 September 2016.

The trio, two boys and a girl, and all from Redcar, were exploring East Scar rocks when they found themselves marooned by the rapidly rising sea.

One of the boys dialled 999 and UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat just before 1pm.

They were rescued cold and wet but otherwise unharmed and taken back to the lifeboat station to rewarm.

Since the beginning of 2016 Redcar RNLI crews have been involved in incidents where a total of 18 people, mostly teenagers, have become stranded by the tide at Redcar and mainly at Saltburn.

Last week it was announced that the RNLI lifeguard service would be extended to cover weekends at Saltburn until the end of September.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are placing additional signage on the beach at Saltburn to warn the public of the dangers of the incoming tide.


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