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Pet shop thieves take everything but the 'kitten' sink

Thousands of pounds' worth of pet accessories have been stolen during a break in at Pet Mania on Skippers Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Officers believe thieves deliberately targeted the high value leather dog collars, leads and harnesses from the Hem and Boo range to sell them on.

Anyone with information about the break in, which occurred overnight Saturday 30th August into Sunday 31st August, or who has seen large quantities of these items offered for sale is asked to contact Cleveland Police.


36 accountants' relay run from the Tees to the Tweed

Rowlands Runners in front of the Angel of the North
Rowlands Runners get ready for the relay

36 staff from Rowlands Accountants are covering the length and breadth of the North East region as they undertake a gruelling relay challenge across the weekend to raise money for three local charities.

The “Round Rowlands Run” will see a relay team, lead by John Grimshaw from Benton, Newcastle, tackle over 220 kilometres in the course of the three days during which they will run to the firm’s six North East offices.

The distance is equivalent to running six marathons.

The staff are raising money for three charities:


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
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