Care worker stole from great-grandfather

A woman from Teesside has been banned from working in care homes after stealing money from a great-grandfather she was looking after.

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Joyriding killer jailed again

A former joyrider who killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 has been jailed again for dangerous driving while evading police.

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Landlord fined for leaving tenant in the cold

A Stockton landlord has been fined nearly £1000 after leaving his tenant without heating last winter.

Today (July 29) Teesside Magistrates Court heard that 47-year-old Vivender Nath Blaggan of Grange Road in Stockton left the house in Northcote Street in Stockton with a faulty boiler for three months during the coldest part of the year.

He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an abatement notice issued under section 80 the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined £350, ordered to pay costs of £609.17 and a victim surcharge of £35.

The tenant contacted the council in January 2014 after repeatedly asking Mr Blaggan to arrange for its repair, when the heating failed in November 2013.

The Council's Private Sector Housing Team carried out an inspection at the property which confirmed there was a problem with the gas boiler.

The Council served a notice served under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which gave Mr Blaggan a chance to carry out the necessary repairs.

However he failed to comply with the notice so the boiler was repaired by the Council and legal action was taken.

In mitigation Mr Blaggan said that he had put temporary measures in place and provided the tenant with a fan heater and offered to pay for the extra electricity it would cost to run it.

He also said that he had arranged for repairs to be carried out but that they only lasted one week. He had been advised he could obtain a free replacement boiler, but unfortunately the funding had been withdrawn before that could be arranged.

Stockton Council works with private sector landlords to help maintain and improve properties and operates a Landlord Accreditation Scheme which offers advice and assistance.

To find out more about the Landlord Accreditation Scheme visit this link.

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Killer driver back behind bars

A former joyrider from Middlesbrough who killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 has been jailed again for dangerous driving as he raced through a residential area trying to escape the police.

24-year-old Ashley Lindo reached up to 60mph along narrow roads in what Teesside Crown Court heard was a "desperate attempt" to flee his pursuers.

He drove along footpaths and blew two tyres out when he smashed his car onto the kerb, yet did not stop.

Judge Peter Bowers jailed Lindo, of Orwell Street, for 18 months after the defendant admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He banned him from driving for five years following Lindo's latest example of terrible driving.

In May 2006 he knocked down and killed Daniel Conroy Curtin, aged eight, when Lindo drove a stolen Rover Metro through Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.

For that offence of causing death by dangerous driving he was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for three years, but served half that term.

Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.

Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.

Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.

In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.

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Man named after body found in River Tees

The body of a man recovered from the RiverTees in Stockton today (Wednesday 23rd July) has now been identified as 20-year-old David Zikhali.

Divers were searching for him after he was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 7.40pm on Monday 21st July.

Police believe he may have died while swimming in the river. They are not treating his death as suspicious.

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