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Man set alight in homophobic attack on Teesside

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A man has been set on fire in Stockton in an apparent homophobic attack.

The 20-year- old man was left with serious injuries which required skin grafts after his legs were sprayed with an aerosol and then set alight.

At around 3am in the morning on Wednesday 20th July, the victim was walking through the grounds of Holy Trinity Church on Yarm Lane, Stockton, in an area known locally as ‘The Chuggy’.

A group of four men then confronted him and began questioning the victim about his sexual orientation.

The victim ignored them and continued onto Parliament Street - where his legs were set alight.

The group then ran off.

The victim was treated at North Tees University Hospital where he received treatment for his burns

  • The man who lit the aersol is described as white
  • In his early 20s
  • Of medium build
  • With short blonde hair
  • He was bare chested and wearing jogging bottoms.

Officers are treating this as a homophobic hate crime and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Woman hit by a motorbike in Stockton

A woman has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a motorbike in Stockton.

The collision took place at around 2.40pm on Durham Road, Stockton (Monday 18th July).

The blue motorbike was carrying two men - a rider and pillion passenger, when it failed to stop at the scene.

One of the men was wearing a helmet and the other was not.

The bike possibly had an 05 registration plate.

The road is currently closed between Darlington Lane and Hardwick Road.

The woman has taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

Police investigate after woman approached in a Stockton park by man asking to take pictures of her friend's toddler

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A woman is warning other parents to be vigilant after a man approached her in a park in Stockton and asked could he take photos of her friend's three-year-old.

Samantha Jayne Wilson was with her friend Stacey in Ropner Park in Stockton when she says a man came up to them and asked for permission to take pictures of the toddler they were with.

Ms. Wilson said one of the men explained that his friend "enjoys pictures of beautiful little girls" and requested a number of times to get pictures.

They were refused permission.

Cleveland Police confirmed that they had received a report about the "suspicious incident".

"Police received a report of a suspicious incident in Ropner Park, Stockton, at around 7.20pm yesterday evening (Sunday 17th July) whereby two males allegedly tried to take photographs of a young girl.

Officers are making enquiries to trace the two males and speak to them about the circumstances of what happened."

– Cleveland Police

One of the men thought to be involved is described as being:

  • One of the males is described as aged in his mid-twenties
  • Wearing a white top, grey jeans, grey shoes with a white trim and short, black hair.

Stockton Cycling Festival gets underway

Stockton Cycling Festival is starting today Credit: Stockton Council

Stockton is hosting the elite British Cycling National Road Championships as part of the Stockton Cycling Festival.

The likes of former British and World Champion Mark Cavendish and defending National Road Champion Lizzie Armitstead (who is also current World Road Champion) will start the action today (23 June) with the men and women's Time Trial races.

Find out lots more about the Stockton Cycling festival here including routes and road closures.

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Man arrested over sexual assaults in Stockton

Police have arrested a man in connection with two sexual assaults in Stockton.

The first incident happened on Stockton High Street at a bus stop outside Debenhams at around 9.35pm on May 5. A man approached a 14-year-old girl at the bus stop and sat beside her before touching her leg. The girl moved away from the man before she saw him board a bus.

A man was later reported to have touched a 35-year-old woman’s leg on the X12 bus which was travels between Middlesbrough and Durham at around 9.40pm. The man got off the bus at Sedgefield.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and is being held in police custody.

School responds to female teacher jailed for indecent child images

A teacher who was caught with indecent images of children and extreme animal pornography has been jailed for 18 months.

Mother-of-three Caroline Parry was the head of Bishopsgarth School in Stockton when she was found with 20 indecent photographs, including three moving images, on her laptop and USB stick.

Caroline Parry

A spokesman for Bishopsgarth School said:

Ms Parry is no longer employed by the school and we would like to reassure our parents and carers that these offences are in no way related to the school or its pupils.

Furthermore, we have very robust policies and procedures in place to safeguard and protect children in our care.

– Spokesman for Bishopsgarth School

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Parry worked at Bishopsgarth School in Stockton, Teesside, at the time of her arrest, and it repeated that the offences did not relate to the school or pupils.

Colin Radcliffe, operations manager at the NCA's CEOP Command, said:

Whilst there is no evidence that Caroline Parry abused her position of trust at her place of work, we consider that she poses a significant risk due to the nature of the images she was downloading and viewing.

The chat logs which she had engaged in seemed to span a number of years, and were extreme in nature.

Individuals who think they can share indecent images of children under the radar of law enforcement should know that we will pursue them and ensure they are brought to justice.

– Colin Rafcliffe
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