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Yarm Police Office to close

Yarm Police Office is to close, it's being announced by Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger. It follows a recommendation from the Force. 'Beat surgeries' will be used in the library instead, on a trial basis, and social media sites have also been set up.

A footfall survey revealed more people used the office to ask for travel directions than to report crime. The move will save almost £19,000 per year.

“Sadly because of the government cuts imposed on the Force, I am now in a position where I have to choose buildings or people, and as I have given a commitment to maintaining and developing neighbourhood policing, the choice will be people every time."

– Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger

“The ways in which we interact with the public is changing, thanks to advances in technology and particularly the increase in the use of social media, so we need to ensure that the communications channels we use meet the requirements of our communities.

“Their office is the streets, where they are out and about speaking to communities and dealing with crime alongside detectives. Our true assets are not bricks and mortar, they are our people.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal

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Police search for convicted armed robber

Ricky Darren Beech absconded from Kriklevington Grange

Police are urgently trying to trace 29-year-old Ricky Darren Beech, who absconded from Kirklevington Grange Prison in Yarm yesterday.

He is serving an indeterminate sentence for an armed robbery at a petrol station in Hull in 2006, in which he assaulted a shop assistant. He was jailed in 2008.

He is described as white, with dark hair and a beard, five foot nine inches tall, with brown eyes and two scars above his left eye. He has an England tattoo on the left hand side of his chest.

Cleveland Police is currently working with prison authorities and other local forces to try and trace him.

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Prisoner on the run

Police are urgently trying to trace 29-year-old Ricky Darren Beech, who absconded from Kirklevington Grange Prison in Yarm between 5pm and 8pm January 23.

He is serving an indeterminate sentence for an armed robbery at a petrol station in 2006, in which he assaulted a shop assistant. He was jailed in 2008.

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