Zetland FM Local News - 22nd Mar 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 22nd March 2016
Police are warning the public that a notorious scammer is back to his old tricks.
Officers say that they continue to receive reports across the Cleveland area of a male around 40-years-old flagging down cars on Teesside and trying to con people out of cash.
The man flags down other motorists and tells them that he is stranded and in need of money to buy petrol.
However police are warning the public that the man, who has been described as talking with an Eastern European accent, “is conning people”.
There have been a number of occasions where the man has become aggressive with some of the ‘good samaritans’ who have stopped to help him.
One of the first reported incidents was of a man trying to stop vehicles on the roundabout near to the old British Steel entrance on the Trunk Road.
Since then motorists have described similar incidents across our area, including in Grangetown, Redcar and Middlesbrough.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police have today announced the launch of a new joint team of ‘super-sleuths’ to investigate some of the most serious and sinister crimes including murder, kidnap, serial armed robberies and rape.
The Major Investigation Team is planned to go live in November 2016 and brings together decades of experience as Cleveland’s Murder Investigation Team and North Yorkshire’s Major Incident Team collaborate.
The new team will be based at both Middlesbrough and Harrogate and will lead on national and international manhunts for local cases and will also be responsible for investigating crimes of extortion and stranger rape.
The collaboration will significantly boost the number of skilled specialists from 47 to 74 and will enhance the capacity to review cold cases. This will dramatically reduce the need to draw resources away from local policing to deal with major crime incidents.
Detectives will primarily work on crimes in their patch; however having a single team under one command will provide both police forces with the flexibility to pull on specialist personnel from the wider team when necessary. This will mean increased resilience during the crucial hours after a serious crime has been committed and when there are peaks in demand.
Crowds of people turned out in Marske yesterday to support Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling as he completed the first leg of a charity marathon walk.
Jeff has teamed up with men's health organisation Prostate Cancer UK and is completing 10 walking marathons in 10 days.
The first leg yesterday took Jeff from his beloved Hartlepool United to the G.E.R. Stadium, home of Marske United.
Jeff walked into the ground accompanied by the sound of Marske Brass Band, and cheered on by members of the public and local schoolchildren.
Jeff told Zetland FM that he was overwhelmed by the support from local people.
You can find out more at menunitedmarch.org