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.”
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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Festive generosity has left a charity on Teesside overwhelmed by support after fire destroyed tonnes of aid bound for Syria.
Since the blaze earlier this week, donations have flooded in from across the country.
Helen Ford reports:
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.
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.
Police in the North East say a man walked away from a devastating crash on the A19 without serious injury.
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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Tonight's Festival of Light and Colour in Stockton has been cancelled due to forecasted high winds.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council says it is sorry for any disappointment.
Police are trying to trace 14-year-old Huu Ngyen who was last seen on Brimham Close in Ingleby Barwick.
He has been described as 'vulnerable' and it is believed he left overnight last night.
Huu is Vietnamese and is described as 5 ft tall, with black hair and he has his left ear pierced and speaks limited English.
Huu's school bag and coat are missing so it believed he has those with him.
Anyone who may have seen him or anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Cleveland Police say they are 'out in force' protecting people from antisocial behaviour on so-called 'mischief night' - traditionally the night before Halloween. Arrests have been made following several incidents on Teesside.
We're out in force patrolling the areas where you live and making full use of dispersal legislation. Call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency
The force has published a series of tweets including ones that describe people throwing stones at cars and launching fireworks at houses.
our units now responding to the marton west area, a large group of mixed young persons throwing stones at cars, very dangerous.
Patrols in Southbank searching for persons throwing fireworks at houses, inexcusable dangerous behaviour towards their own community.
Officers have also pleaded with parents to find out where their children are in order to 'help stop this'
Know where your young people are , if not in call them now ask them what are they doing at this very moment .Help stop this.
Arrests have been made, we have units actively patrolling in all areas.