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Otter pup found in caravan park

A six week old otter has been taken to a vet's surgery in Stockton after being found in a caravan park.

The creature, nicknamed 'Otty', will be taken to a sanctuary next week, but in the meantime is being looked after at the surgery, where it's being fed puppy milk.

It is thought Otty has come out of the River Tees.

Police release CCTV images after Stockton burglary

CCTV images of aggravated burglary in Stockton Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to in connection with an aggravated burglary.

Three men burst into the Arriva Bus Depot on Boathouse Lane in Stockton at around 1am on January 6. The offenders, who were armed with a sledge hammer and a crow bar, threatened a security guard but eventually left empty handed. All three men were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Urgent appeal for missing Darlington man

Police are concerned about a missing 81-year-old man from Darlington who does not have the medication he needs. Sydney Presgrave was last seen around 5.30pm on December 4.

“We are growing increasingly concerned for Mr Presgrave and need to trace him as soon as possible. Mr Presgrave has issues with mobility and will be in need of his medication. Anyone who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King

Concern for missing Darlington man

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for an 81-year-old man who was reported missing on December 5. Sydney Presgrave was last seen around 5.30pm on December 4. He had taken a taxi from his home in Stockton to Middleton One Row in Darlington. He was walking in the direction of the River Tees.

Mr Presgrave has mobility issues and requires essential medication which he does not have with him.

Council's new Christmas tree criticised

A Christmas tree in the middle of Stockton has drawn huge criticism from people living in the area.

The 20ft tree was erected in Stockton last week and has been called a 'disgrace' and an 'embarrassment' by locals.

A Stockton Council spokesman said: "We're in the middle of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the High Street.

"The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there's no room for our normal 40ft high Spruce, which will be back next year.

"In the interim, we've used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs rather than leave this part of the High Street bare.

"We're pleased to report that that extensive works have not put visitors off as thousands of spectators attended last week's launch of the Stockton Sparkles festival which was led by 1,500 children.

"We know that a traditional Christmas tree always makes a great centrepiece but there's so much more going on in Stockton throughout the Chrismas period including our 12-day Christmas market, ice sculpture, late-night shopping and street theatre with dance and musical performances.

"We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look Stockton High Street next year - we're sure it'll be worth the wait.

Arrest after police stand-off in Stockton

Armed police officers have arrested a man on suspicion of affray and making threats to kill after an 8-hour stand-off.

Police closed off Gladstone Street in Stockton for several hours Credit: Incidents on Teesside

Officers received reports that a man had taken another person hostage on Gladstone Street, just after 2am on Sunday morning. But they said no one else was found in the house and no one was injured.

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