The former Middlesbrough councillor Barry Coppinger is set to begin work as the first Crime and Police Commissioner for Cleveland.
He will be visiting Stockton Police Office today to meet with Temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer and District Commander Alistair, before walking the beat with members of the local Neighbourhood Policing team.
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Money raised for a Down Syndrome charity by the mother of a little girl with the condition has been stolen in a suspected burglary.
Operation ARIES aims to cut underage drinking and the latest initiative is to clamp down on adults buying alcohol for under 18s.
Dottie, 3, has cerebral palsy and needs crutches to walk. The lights switch-on is part of a fundraising drive to help fund her surgery.