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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


Woman 'crushed by horse' in Egypt to return to Stockton

A woman from Stockton paralysed in a horse riding accident in Egypt is expected to fly back to the UK today after an online appeal raised more than £30,000.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, was living and working in the country when she was crushed by her horse last month.

Her travel insurance lapsed leaving her stuck 2,500 miles from home, in Eaglescliffe. Her family raised enough money to get her home and friends contacted the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) for help.

Andy Mawson, an aircrew paramedic at the Darlington-based charity, approached Capital Air Ambulance, which agreed to fly a specially equipped Learjet 45 to pick up Ms Fairclough from a Cairo hospital.

E-fit of man who threatened 12-year-old at knifepoint

E-fit of knife point robbery suspect

Police have released an e-fit to try to trace a man suspected of a knife point robbery of a 12-year-old in Stockton on Friday November 6 last year.

It happened on Durham Road, close to the roundabout of Bishopton Road, Darlington Lane and Durham Road bypass at 9.20pm.

The boy was approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and took his bike off him.

The suspect, who was on a silver bicycle at the time of the incident is described as white, aged between 30 and 40 years, around 6 ft tall and of big build.

He was wearing a black body warmer with the hood up and took off towards the A1027.

Missing David Welsh: witnesses seen on CCTV sought

David Welsh

Four weeks on from the disappearance of 61-year-old David Welsh, police are appealing to trace two people who could assist police with their enquiries into the whereabouts of the missing father.

Further CCTV enquiries carried out by officers have revealed that footage at 8.05 pm on Tuesday December 8 shows a figure, who could potentially be David, standing by the river at the rear of the Grosvenor Casino on Moat Street, Chandlers Wharf in Stockton.

As the figure stands there, two people walk by in the direction of Castlegate Quay.

Police would like to trace these people as it is believed that they may be able to assist police with their enquiries.

Whilst it is unconfirmed that the person in the CCTV footage is David, this footage could now potentially show the last sighting of him.

We would like to speak to the two people walking by, who may be able to help us confirm whether or not it is David in the footage.

David has now not been seen for four weeks and he hasn’t been in contact with his family. They are extremely worried, as are we, and I would continue to appeal to anyone who believes that they may have seen him since the night he went missing to contact police.

– Detective Inspector Glen Westmoreland

David is described as white, around 5ft 8” tall, of slim build and with short, grey hair.

He was wearing light coloured jeans and a black waterproof jacket when he went missing.

Watch: last sighting of Stockton man missing for 3 weeks

David Welsh

Three weeks on from the last sighting of missing 61-year-old David Welsh, officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with information as to where he might be. David was last seen on CCTV walking past the Castlegate Shopping Centre car park in Stockton at 7.58pm on December 8. Watch footage of the last sightings.

He was going in the direction of the A1305 Riverside Road. Before this he had visited the Royal Oak Public House and The Don Bar on Silver Street.

Officers have watched hours of CCTV footage, spoken with local businesses and hotels where he could have visited.

Police divers have searched part of the River Tees and posters displaying David’s picture have been distributed around the area where he was last seen to jog the memory of any witnesses.

The search for David continues, three weeks on from when he was last seen.

His family are desperately hoping for any further sightings or news on where he may be, having just had to go through Christmas not knowing where he is.

Again I would like to stress that this is very much an active missing person inquiry. I would ask anyone who believes that they may have seen David since the night he went missing to contact police.

– Detective Inspector Glen Westmoreland

David is described as white, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, of slim build and with short, grey hair.

He was wearing light coloured jeans and a black waterproof jacket when he went missing.


Stockton Council warns of 400 further job cuts

Hundreds of people's jobs are under threat as Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council looks to make further budget cuts.

The council has already removed 700 jobs since 2010 and are expecting "the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years".

A spokesperson for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “Despite making £34 million of savings in the last five years, additional reductions to the Council’s budget mean a further £17.2 million of savings need to be delivered over the next three years.

Whilst we will continue to do all we can to protect the most vulnerable of our residents and areas of greatest need, we do need to plan for further changes to help us deliver the required savings.

Since 2010 700 posts have been removed from the organisation and we expect the reduction of a further 400 posts over the next four years.

By having a plan we can manage this as sensitively as possible and minimise compulsory redundancies although this is becoming increasingly difficult.

– Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council spokesperson

If approved the council has said, "it will save £800,000 per year.”

The plans will be discussed at a cabinet meeting tonight, September 10th.

Police try to trace missing mother and daughter

Vjolica Madina. Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police are trying to trace a woman they describe as 'vulnerable' and her nine-month-old baby girl who were reported missing today.

Albanian national Vjolica Madina, 34, was last seen at an address on Silver Street in Stockton on Thursday 14th May.

She said that she was going to London with her nine-month-old daughter to stay with a friend.

They did not arrive at the address.

Anyone who knows where they might be is urged to contact the police.

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