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Police name Redcar murder victims

46-year-old Lynne Freeman (L) and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police say while formal identification has not yet taken place, they believe the victims of the murders in Redcar are 46-year-old Lynne Freeman and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge.

Their families are receiving appropriate support from specially trained officers.

A post mortem examination has taken place regarding one victim and the post mortem examination for the other victim is due to take place today.

Police attended Teesside Magistrates' Court last night where Magistrates authorised an extension of the detention of a 34-year-old man arrested on Wednesday night.

This allows the investigation team to detain the man for a further period of time while they continue their inquiries.


Flowers laid at scene of Redcar murder

Flowers laid in Byland Close Credit: ITV News

Flowers continue to be laid outside a home where a woman was murdered in Byland Close in Redcar.

A second woman was killed in nearby Mapleton Crescent on the same evening on Wednesday March 23.

34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Teesside takeaway owners to get lessons in cooking 'healthy options'

The healthy option? Free masterclasses to be given to Redcar takeaway owners Credit: PA stock image

Takeaway owners in Redcar and Cleveland are being encouraged to produce healthier options on their menus.

The Council's public health teams are going to provide free takeaway 'master classes' to try and tackle the problems associated with high fat, salt and sugar intake.

It's hoped it'll help tackle the obesity problem too.

Takeaway owners with a food hygiene rating of three and above can book on to one of two sessions to be held on Wednesday 13 April.

We all enjoy an occasional takeaway, but unfortunately the takeaway business has developed a reputation for serving calorie laden and relatively unhealthy food.

“We want to help takeaways overcome this reputation by introducing healthier ingredients, preparation and cooking methods without compromising on taste or profits.

“Attending these free sessions can also help takeaway businesses increase custom, widen customer choice, save money and improve business reputation.”

– Cllr Lynn Pallister, cabinet member for health and housing

Police give more details after Teesside double murder

Cleveland Police press conference Credit: Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have held a press conference following the murder of two women in Redcar.

  • Officers were called to Mapleton Crescent in Redcar at 8.45pm on Wednesday night (23 March)
  • They found a 46-year-old woman with serious injuries - she later sadly died.
  • At 8.52pm officers received a report about a woman being violently assaulted on Byland Close in Redcar
  • They found a 30-year-old woman who later died from her injuries
  • Police are treating both deaths as murder and family liaison officers are supporting those involved
  • Victims' families request privacy and officers say it's too early to release any more details
  • 34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder


Murder investigation: two women dead on Teesside

A man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder after two deaths on Teesside.

Police received a report that a woman had been seriously injured at 8.45pm on March 23 at Mapleton Crescent, Redcar.

Mapleton Crescent Credit: ITV

At 8.52pm, a second report was received from a member of the public reporting that a woman was being violently assaulted on Byland Close.

Byland Close Credit: ITV
Byland Close Credit: ITV

Both women had suffered serious injuries and died.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder a short time after the incidents.

Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Business Minister Anna Soubry: "More important things" to concentrate on in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith resignation

The Business Minister Anna Soubry has told ITV Tyne Tees that there are "much more important things" for her to concentrate on in the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.

He resigned at the weekend because of what he said were Treasury pressures to make cuts to benefits affecting disabled people.

Anna Soubry was asked the question by Tyne Tees reporter Rachel Bullock during her visit to Redcar, just over 6 months on from the closure of the SSI steelworks.

Ms. Soubry refused to comment any further on the matter, other than to say she was a "huge supporter" of seeing the UK stay in the EU.

RNLI called to help save stranded dog

The dog was rescued. Credit: Redcar RNLI

Redcar's RNLI lifeboat team have been called to help rescue a dog, which became stranded at the South Gare near the town.

The dog ran away from its owner and became stranded on a rocky outcrop as the tide began to come in.

The owner called the coastguard, and they arrived, with the inshore lifeboat team, to find that the dog had already been rescued by members of the public.

Two men who were in the area were able to reach the dog and carry it back to safety before the tide came in.

The dog is thought to be uninjured.

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