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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

Family of David Welsh informed after body found in River Tees

David Welsh

Police were called at around 8am this morning, Wednesday 6th April, to a report of a body found in the River Tees in Stockton, close to the Watersports Centre.

Whilst no formal identification has taken place yet, the family of missing David Welsh are aware and are being supported by police.

61-year-old David was last seen walking past the Castlegate Shopping Centre car park, Stockton, just before 8pm on Tuesday 8th December 2015. He was heading in the direction of the A1305 Riverside Road.

Witness appeal after HGV collision on A19

Police are appealing for information after a collision involving a HGV on the A19.

A woman was driving a car at 8.40am on March 14, on the southbound carriageway, near Stockton. Her car collided with a HGV before leaving the road and hitting a tree.

The HGV driver did not stop at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


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.

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
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