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Explosives brought to classroom: school evacuated

Ian Ramsey Church of England School. Credit: ianramsey.org.uk

A school on Teesside was evacuated when a pupil brought ammunition into a classroom.

Police were called to Ian Ramsey Church of England School in Stockton yesterday.

It is understood that the student found the items while diving in the sea.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “Police were called by staff at the school towards the end of the school day reporting items of concern which had been taken into school by a pupil.

“On arrival, it was discovered that the items were damaged wartime shells which were removed safely and without incident.”

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Jack Russell killed by illegal dog

Toby was killed by a pit-bull terrier type dog. Credit: Stockton Council

A man from Stockton has been handed an 18 month Community Order and a three month Curfew Order after his pit-bull terrier type dog escaped into a neighbours’ garden and killed their family pet.

At Teesside Magistrates Court, Ian McIntosh, 40, of Easington Road, admitted to being the owner of an illegal pit bull type dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a place where it was not permitted to be on January 27 this year.

The dog, Jake, escaped into the garden of a nearby property and killed a Jack Russell terrier, called Toby, in front of its horrified owner, whose attempts to save his pet were not successful.

The illegal dog is currently being held in Police kennels.

In order to have the dog back Mr McIntosh will have to have the animal neutered and microchipped, and must be on on a lead and muzzled at all times in public places.

Stockton and Norton bogus caller warning

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after reports of bogus callers in Stockton and Norton.

On four occasions, a man reportedly visited the homes of older people and collected money as a window cleaner. No work had been done.

Homes in Hartburn Avenue, Cherry Tree Gardens, Bromley Road and Petch Street have all been targeted between April 21 and 22.

Could the next Benefits Street be in Stockton?

Film crews have been spotted on Dixon Street in Stockton

Researchers trying to find a location for the second series of Benefits Street have been looking at Dixon Street in Stockton.

The first series of the documentary made unlikely celebrities of the residents on James Turner Street in Birmingham. Within a week of the first episode, 30,000 people had signed a petition calling for Channel 4 to stop broadcasting the series.

Channel 4 said its researchers were looking for new locations, but it did not confirm where the next series will be filmed.

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Police appeal for missing boy

Domonic Kamara. Credit: Cleveland Police Facebook page

Police on Teesside are appealing for help to trace a 15-year-old boy who has been missing since last Friday, April 4.Domonic Kamara did not to return home from his school in Stockton.

He has family connections in Middlesbrough but is known to spend time in Stockton and Middlesbrough.

He was last seen wearing his black school trousers, blue coloured trainers and a blue Adidas hooded top on top of his black school jumper. Domonic was carrying a yellow canvas Nike boot bag.

"Sexist leaflet" council quote in full

“This was one of a series of promotional materials designed to promote the Stockton Cycling Festival to a variety of audiences.

“It was certainly not our intention to imply that women and girls cannot participate in every part of the Festival and having listened to the concerns raised, we have decided to withdraw this particular leaflet and produce a redesigned version.

“We do a great deal of work to encourage female participation in sport and active leisure, including women’s running clubs and women’s cycling groups, and unlike many national cycle race events the Stockton Cycling Festival includes elite women’s racing, as well as recreational rides which are open to all.

“The Festival takes place over the weekend of July 11 to 13 – just one week after the Tour de France comes to the North of England for the first time – and we would like to be very clear that it is very much for everybody.”

– Cllr Ken Dixon, Cabinet Member, Stockton Borough Council

North East council withdraws "sexist" leaflet

Stockton Borough Council has withdrawn a leaflet promoting cycling after it was branded sexist.

The offending advert shows a smiling male rider under the phrase "Sarah's shopping in Stockton with the girls. I'm signed up for Stockton's Sportive. That's Saturday sorted."

The leaflet was supposed to promote the town's cycling festival in July and an activity day known as Sportive, and only featured young, male riders in the photos.

Leaflet at the centre of controversy. Credit: Stockton Borough Council

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This was one of a series of promotional materials designed to promote the Stockton Cycling Festival to a variety of audiences.

“It was certainly not our intention to imply that women and girls cannot participate in every part of the Festival and having listened to the concerns raised, we have decided to withdraw this particular leaflet and produce a redesigned version.

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