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Dramatic CCTV footage released after car is set alight

Police have released CCTV footage of an incident in which a car was set on fire on Kilburn Road in Hardwick, Stockton.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, January 24.

The person in the footage is seen to approach the vehicle and is believed to douse it in liquid before setting the offside front and offside rear of the vehicle alight.

They then leave on foot. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused.

Twenty minutes before the incident, a taxi enters Kilburn Road. It is possible that the suspect used a taxi to get to the street.

A 43-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson. Both remain on bail pending further enquiries.

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Elderly victims left 'terrified' by burglary

Police are appealing for information after a burglary which left an elderly man and woman terrified.

The incident took place in Yarm, at around 1.30pm yesterday, Monday 18th January.

Two male suspects knocked on the door of the house on Urlay Nook Road and forced their way in when a 78-year-old woman answered. They then searched the house and demanded money before making threats to harm a man, aged in his eighties, who was also in the house.

The suspects took around £1000 in cash and left in a small black vehicle which drove off on Urlay Nook Road towards Darlington.

The first male is described as around 30-years-old with dark hair, of big build with an Irish accent. He smelt of alcohol.

The second male is described as aged between 50 and 60 years old, with a red face and much taller and bigger than the first suspect. He was wearing a flat cap.

Detective Constable Andrew Menzies from Stockton Volume Crime Team said:

This incident has left the elderly victims feeling terrified and vulnerable. The men threatened the elderly man and stole approximately £1000 in cash before making off in a small, black vehicle.

I’d like to appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area of Urlay Nook Road or anyone who may have seen a small black vehicle in the area at around 1.30pm yesterday to get in touch with police.”

– Detective Constable Andrew Menzies

Incident where elderly man hit by a police car referred to police watchdog

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Cleveland Police has referred an incident in which an elderly man was hit by a patrol car to the police watchdog.

The 75-year-old man was hit in Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday afternoon. The patrol car was responding to an incident and collided with the man as he crossed Norton High Street. He was taken to hospital with a head injury, thought to be non life-threatening.

The police have now confirmed that they have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The officer involved remains on duty.

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Charity 'overwhelmed by donations' after fire

A charity which lost tonnes of donated goods bound for Syria in a fire on Teesside says it has been overwhelmed by new donations, and now expects to send more clothes and blankets to Syria than it had originally hoped.

After the fire at the Task Industrial Estate, Stockton. Credit: ITV News

Tonnes of aid, in 300 bags, was destroyed in the fire in Stockton on Sunday night.

Now, the group collecting the donations, One Ummah, say they expect to set off on their aid convoy before the new year.

Police say the fire, at the Task Industrial Estate, is being treated as arson.

Crash survivor told: 'Go buy a lottery ticket!'

Police in the North East say a man walked away from a devastating crash on the A19 without serious injury.

A man walked away from this without serious injury. Credit: Cleveland & Durham RPU

Cleveland & Durham RPU (Road Policing Unit) have posted this photo on social media (above), showing the wreckage of the man's car after the crash on Monday morning.

The post reads:

'A male driver had a lucky escape yesterday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on the A19 South near Portrack lane, Stockton and walked away from this. Be careful on the roads over the festive period so that you have a happy 2016.'

People have left comments on the post, with some suggesting the driver ought to buy a lottery ticket. Here are a few:

'God was defo on his side yesterday never be as lucky again.'

'Now go buy a lottery ticket...'

'That must have been so scary for him. One very lucky man getting out that alive. His guardian angel was definitely watching over him then.'

'Lady luck looking down, phew.'

'You need to get a lottery ticket!'

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