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Schoolgirl in stable condition after suffering serious leg injury

The Great North Air Ambulance Credit: GNAAS

A 13-year-old schoolgirl is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a serious leg injury in a school sports hall.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to Stockton-on-Tees at around 10.57am yesterday (13th December)

After being given strong pain relief she was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees by road.

Suspected armed robbery at Stockton post office

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Investigations are continuing after what's believed to be an armed robbery at the post office on Rimswell Parade in Stockton.

Officers were called at around 3pm to reports that four people with their faces covered entered the post office and took a 'substantial amount 'of money before leaving in a car.

Witnesses say that the men had a knife - although this is still being checked out by officers.

Staff were left shaken but unhurt.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or who may have seen a Zafira in the immediate area at the time, possibly driving at speed or erratically.

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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.

Teesside high street could be crowed 'Best in the Country'

A Teesside high street could be named as one of the 'Best in the Country' if it wins a national award.

Stockton High Street has been shortlisted in the 'Rising Star' category of the Great British High Street competition.

The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

This year’s competition saw 900 entries across 14 categories.

Stockton High Street has been shortlisted in the 'rising star' category. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

If Stockton wins it will get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, as well as expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for its shops, bars and restaurants.

There will also be a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost their social media skills.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London today.

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Can you help find this good Samaritan?

Cleveland Police are appealing to trace a member of the public who intervened as a man tried to steal a handbag from a woman in Stockton.

Marlborough Road, Stockton Credit: Google maps.

The incident happened at around 8.15pm on Tuesday 29th November as the woman walked onto Marlborough Road from Oxbridge Lane. She was approached by the male, who tried to take her handbag.

As the incident unfolded, a passing motorist stopped his vehicle and shouted to the suspect, who then ran into a rear alley behind Marlborough Road and out of sight. He did not manage to take the handbag.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 7” tall, with a gaunt appearance and light coloured hair. He was wearing light coloured trainers, dark bottoms, a dark jacket, black gloves and he had an orange hood up which was possibly white inside.

Officers would like to appeal to the passing motorist who stopped, who was driving a grey people carrier, as he may be able to assist with their enquiries.

  • This man, or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident, is asked to contact DC Jonathan Holborow on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Man charged with murdering toddler granted bail

A man charged with murdering his ex-partner's toddler son almost 50 years ago has "exceptionally" been granted bail.

David Dearlove, 70, is accused of murdering 19-month-old Paul Booth, from Haverton Hill, Stockton, who died in hospital in October 1968. He also faces a charge of child cruelty.

The defendant did not enter pleas during the brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court via video-link from Holme House Prison on Wednesday, but at a hearing before magistrates two days earlier his solicitor said he would deny the offences.

On that occasion he was remanded in custody but Judge Simon Bourne-Arton has now granted him bail.

Holme House Prison

Paul Cleasby, applying for bail, said Dearlove has lived in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk with his wife of 36 years and has no previous convictions.

Investigations have been going on for 18 months and Dearlove surrendered himself to police when required, Mr Cleasby said.

Judge Bourne-Arton told Dearlove: "Exceptionally in a case of this kind I am going to grant you bail."

The defendant must surrender his passport, not interfere with witnesses and live in Great Yarmouth.

A hearing will take place on March 10, when a trial date could be set.

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Man appears in court on toddler murder charge

A 70-year-old man has appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

It follows the death of an 18-month-old boy almost 50 years ago in Stockton.

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