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Kitten 'covered in anti-freeze' fighting for its life

A four-month-old kitten is fighting for its life after being covered in a substance, believed to be anti-freeze, outside its owner's home in Redcar.

The owner let the kitten out of the house last Tuesday evening (October 14) and said it was 'very obviously unwell' when it came back indoors.

The kitten is still receiving treatment for life-threatening poisoning.

It's the second time in five weeks one of the owner's cats has been poisoned.

Another of his cats was apparently caught in a snare and had an acid-like substance poured over its back. The cat has now recovered but is scarred for life.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Prison officers cut by a third in the region

Prison officer numbers have been cut by more than a third in the North East in less than four years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.

That amounts to more than 600 prison officer posts in the region.

The worst hit prison is HMP Durham, where prison officer numbers have almost halved.

Here is a breakdown:

Deerbolt -33% Durham -49% Frankland -30% Holme House -40% Kirklevington -22% Low Newton -29%

"The prison system is in crisis, and these figures reveal why. While the prison population has grown, officer numbers have been cut without any thought for the consequences. A shortage of governors makes matters even worse, because officers are being taken off the wings and asked to 'act up' to fill vacancies. Having made prison officers redundant, the Ministry of Justice is now apparently struggling to recruit. These are desperate times, and ministers are resorting to desperate measures."

– Frances Crook, Howard League for Penal Reform

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