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Stockton High Street wins 'Rising Star' status

Stockton High Street has been officially named as one of the best in the country.

Stockton High Street. Credit: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

The High Street was crowned the winner of the Great British High Street of the Year Awards’ Rising Star category at a ceremony in London today.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, with winners being decided by a combination of scores from a judging visit and a public vote.

And after reaching a shortlist of three, Stockton High Street, which has undergone a £38m regeneration, beat off the competition to scoop the prestigious accolade.

This is a truly great result and we are so grateful to everyone that voted for Stockton High Street. To be awarded this accolade...is wonderful."

– Janice Auton, Chair of the Stockton Business Improvement District

The bid theme, “All the world’s a stage”, recognised the regenerated High Street’s ability to host events like cycling championships, street theatre and specialist markets.

It’s really impressive the way that Stockton has drawn the link between performance and entertainment and creating a real thriving hub of a High Street.”

– Jamie Murray-Wells, one of the judges

To win such a sought after national award is validation of all of the hard work and investment we’ve put into our magnificent High Street – it’s an immensely proud day for us. It’s particularly pleasing that the cornerstone of this success has been our relentless determination to deliver a town centre that is distinct from others – one that is built not just on retail, but on our history and heritage and our reputation for events and markets. By putting on events like SIRF, specialist markets, fireworks, and the Cycling Festival, we are giving people another great reason to come into town and boosting local trade at the same time. It’s a great example of how the Council supports the local economy. I’d like to thank everybody who voted for the High Street and helped it to win. We couldn’t be happier and we look forward to it going from strength to strength. We still have a long way to go, this is just a work in progress, but this award gives us the confidence that we’re on the right path.”

– Cllr Bob Cook, leader, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

As winners, Stockton BID will now get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, alongside expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for its shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost their social media skills.

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Police appeal following assault on three women

Police are appealing for help to trace a Good Samaritan, who tried to help three women as they were being assaulted in Stockton.

Cleveland Police are asking for the public's help. Credit: ITV News

The incident happened at around 5pm on Friday September 9th on Stockton High Street, close to the junction with Ramsgate.

The three women were attacked by a man.

One of the women, aged 49, suffered a cut to her cheek, possibly caused by a knife.

Another woman, aged 22, suffered deep scratches to her neck and cuts to her heard.

A third woman, aged 54, was headbutted to the face, and was also bitten on her finger.

As the attack was being carried out a man intervened twice and tried to keep the suspect from injuring the women further.

Cleveland Police say they would like to speak to this man as it is believed that he may be able to assist with their enquiries.

A man, aged 33, and a woman, 31, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

9-year-old boy critical after being hit by a car in Wynyard

Boy in critical condition after being hit by a car in Wynyard. Credit: Google maps

A nine-year-old boy has suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after a collision with a car in Wynyard near Stockton.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the incident at at 7.05pm yesterday (August 22nd).

The boy was put into a medically induced coma before being airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he arrived in a critical condition.

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“We are devastated at our loss": Family of fatal Stockton crash

Lucy Pinder Credit: Family Photo via North Yorkshire Police

A woman who died in a crash near Kirby Misperton on Thursday (16 June 2016) has been formally named as 19-year-old Lucy Pinder from Thornaby in Stockton-On-Tees.

Lucy's family have issued the following statement:

“We are devastated at our loss and still trying to come to terms with it as a family. We’d like time to grieve privately and thank all our friends and family for their support and kind thoughts.”

– Family statement

The driver of the blue Mercedes C220 saloon, a 27-year-old man from Thornaby, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries after being arrested in connection with the collision.

The other passengers in the car, a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, also from Thornaby, have also been released on bail.

​Witnesses to the collision or anyone who recalls seeing the blue Mercedes C220 saloon car before the crash, are being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Huge emergency training exercise to be held in Stockton

Armed police officer (library image) - Cleveland Police will be involved in the training exercise in Stockton in June Credit: (PA library image)

People living in Stockton are being told "don't be alarmed" by scenes of a major incident on Tuesday 14th June.

The Local Resilience Forum is going to be holding one of the largest outdoor emergency exercises ever to take place in the town.

Exercise Trafalgar will see agencies come together to test response plans against an 'unknown' emergency scenario at a ‘secret location’ within Stockton Town Centre.

Senior officers and executives are currently being kept in the dark about exact details and its nature to ensure their response is as real as possible.

Cleveland Police, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, North East Ambulance Service, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Stockton Riverside College and Thirteen Housing Group are all going to be involved.

Stockton Riverside College and SRC Bede Sixth Form students will form an integral part of the exercise too - with Public Services students acting as casualties.

Production Arts students will work with Amputees in Action supporting the set-up of the scene.

Members of the public can see the exact location on the day of the exercise through social media using #clevelandLRF, on police and partner Facebook pages.

Credit: PA (library image)

“This exercise will stringently test the skills of our emergency services and the plans we have in place to deal with major incidents.

We have highly professional and competent teams working in Cleveland keeping the area safe.

“This exercise gives us the opportunity to test our plans against realistic scenarios so that we can be confident that when we have to deal with major emergencies, responders are prepared.

– Chair of Cleveland Local Resilience Forum, Phil Lancaster
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