A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 20th April:

Amnesty International has insisted that the case of a Redcar woman who is on death row in Indonesia, must be addressed by the country's President when he visits the UK.

President Joko Widodo is to be granted the honour of addressing members of both Houses of Parliament as part of his visit to Britain, which also includes a meeting with David Cameron at Downing Street.

59 year old Lindsay Sandiford, a former legal secretary, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.

Papang Hidayat, an Indonesia researcher at Amnesty International, criticised president Widodo's record, saying that Trade deals must not be made by the UK government at the expense of condemning the deeply troubling human rights abuses which have taken place under the Presidents leadership. 

He added, that Mr Cameron should also be raising alarm over more than 100 canings from last year for perceived moral offences, including a 60-year-old Christian woman who allegedly sold alcohol in Aceh province.


Following our cctv appeal on Zetland FM recently for information on a garden bench which was allegedly stolen from the front of a house in Holmbeck Road in North Skelton, a man in his 30s was arrested yesterday on suspicion of theft. He has been interviewed and bailed pending further inquiries.

The bench, which was reportedly taken on the evening of Thursday 3rd March, has been returned to its owners.


An event yesterday at Gisborough Hall organised by Welcome To Yorkshire and Redcar And Cleveland Council, has revealed the top tourist spot in Redcar and Cleveland.

As well as looking at forging even stronger links to help promote businesses involved in the local tourism economy, local councillors and business owners saw the new Welcome To Yorkshire website in action and heard an update on the Tour de Yorkshire, as well as plans for the future.

Malcolm Armstrong, the Cultural Services Manager at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said the area was doing well and went on to reveal the top destination in our area for the first time, as Saltburn with 1.86m visitors a year, generating a£62.8m for the local economy.

Redcar had around 1.1m visitors, with an economic benefit of around £48.5m and Guisborough generated around 348,000 visitors with nearly £20m generated for the local economy.


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