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Teesside teeth among worst in England

Findings released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show the numbers of children in Stockton, Middlesbrough and other parts of the region needing dental work are among the highest in the country.

Kamini Shah, a Consultant in Dental Public Health, has spoken of what Public Health England plan to do to counteract the growing issue:

Pardew and Colback take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.

He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.

To see Ellis Short's Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).

To see more Newcastle celebrities who have undertaken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here


North Yorkshire PCC says 'there is clearly work to do'

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has responded to the HMIC Crime Data Integrity Report which has told North Yorkshire Police to review the way in which they record crime data.

Within the report, 13 recommendations for the force were made, including making sure that people who report a crime get access to the help they need.

There is clearly work to do to improve the processes around which North Yorkshire Police records crime, and I know that they have already begun to do this. I will be monitoring progress closely.

However, it is reassuring to see that HMIC has specifically said that North Yorkshire Police has a clear understanding of the expected standards of behaviour and conduct to achieve crime recording integrity, so the public can trust the figures produced by the force.

We must also not forget that this is actually about people. I want to see a victim-centred police service, and there is still much more we can do to make sure that people who report a crime get access to the help they need, as well as justice for any crime that has been committed.

Taking proper care around how we record crimes is extremely important, and we must get that right. But policing is about more than the numbers. It is how we deal with people that matters, and this is where I am looking to make a difference.

– Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

Police say 'expectations in recording crime have changed'

Following a recent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police have been told to review the way they record crime data.

Both forces were inspected and concerns were raised surrounding the accuracy of 'no-crime' records.

To read the comments from the HMIC inspections: Click here.

Police have commented on the results of their inspections. Cleveland Police have said they have taken "immediate action" to improve crime recording standards within the force.

We’ve taken immediate action to review all the decisions made on no-crimes, and also improve our decision-making process, with a higher level of scrutiny applied to ensure that decisions are accurate and compliant.

We have developed a scrutiny panel to review rape no-crime decisions, which is made up of representatives from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, the Local Criminal Justice Board and third sector agencies working in sexual violence.

This work also includes a review of all no-crimes for indictable offences, which includes rape and sexual offences to ensure we get it right. The results are presented back to a monthly performance group chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable. In addition, I am reviewing current procedures and identifying ways in which to improve standards.

– Simon Nickless, Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police

North Yorkshire Police have also said that they have taken immediate action, focusing on developing the support they provide to victims when an incident is reported, an area that was raised as a concern by the HMIC report.

The force has said that expectations around the recording of crime "have changed" and they are willing to change with it.

It is clear that the expectations around the recording of crime have changed – and we welcome that clarity, because we want our system to be as transparent as possible, so the public can have complete confidence in the way we record incidents at North Yorkshire Police.

This report looked at the processes for recording crimes, not the way in which we deal with victims, but the two are connected. As a result, we are looking again at the support we provide to victims when they report an incident, which is an area where our Police and Crime Commissioner is keen to see more development.

– Tim Madgwick, Deputy Chief Constable at North Yorkshire Police

Police to review how they record crime in North East

Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police have been told to review the way they record crime data following criticism in a recent Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report.

The inspection was carried out on crimes recorded between November 2012 and October 2013.

It raised concerns over the recording of serious crimes, including rapes, by both forces.

The main concerns raised about Cleveland Police surrounded accuracy of crime recording.

The HMIC inspection of Cleveland Police said the "high error rate" within the force is "a matter of serious concern" and that the force in the North East needs to put more detail into explaining the reasons for their decisions.

Immediately the force should ensure the prompt recording of crimes in compliance with the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) and Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR).

Particular attention must be paid to the correct recording of sexual offences and the work of the protecting vulnerable people unit.

No-crime refers to an incident that was initially recorded as a crime but has subsequently been found not to be a crime on the basis of additional verifiable information. We reviewed 84 no-crime records and found 46 records to be compliant with HOCR and NCRS. As the no-crime records we reviewed were for offences for rape, robbery and violence this high error rate is a matter of serious concern.

– HMIC inspection of Cleveland Police

North Yorkshire Police has also been reviewed by the inspection programme, which is approved by the Home Secretary under section 54 of the Police Act 1996.

All 43 police forces in England and Wales are coming under scrutiny but Cleveland and North Yorkshire are the only North East forces examined in the latest batch of results.

The first batch took place in May 2014 and there will be a further batch of force-specific reports in Autumn 2014.

The main concerns raised about North Yorkshire Police by the inspection also surrounded accuracy of crime recording, particularly rape 'no-crime' records.

In a summary of their inspection into the North Yorkshire Police, the HMIC have said the force should review the way in which they record crime data "immediately" and that the force's rape 'no-crime' records are "particularly concerning".

Immediately, the force should carry out a comprehensive assessment of crime recording standards.

We examined 72 incident records and found that 68 crimes should have been recorded. Of the 68 crimes that should have been recorded, 57 were. Of the 57, five were wrongly classified and 13 were recorded outside the 72-hour limit allowed under the HOCR. There is a need for improvement in the accuracy and timeliness of crime recording decisions.

No crime refers to an incident that was initially recorded as a crime but has subsequently been found not to be a crime on the basis of additional verifiable information. Of the 105 no-crimes we reviewed, 71 complied with the NCRS and HOCR.

It is particularly concerning that of the 35 rape no-crime records we reviewed, 21 of them were incorrectly no-crimed.

– HMIC inspection of North Yorkshire Police


Rio ready: Teesside Paralympian back in the saddle

It's already been a lively summer in Rio with the World Cup and now, a woman from Darlington has set her sights on competing there at the next Paralympic games after suffering a serious accident which meant both her legs had to be amputated.

Jane Lishman was left fighting for her life. But now, as Frances Read reports, she's trying to qualify for Rio:

Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

Ant & Dec
Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec
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