A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 8th June 2016.



Passengers had to be rescued from the Saltburn Cliff Lift after it broke down yesterday lunchtime.

Cleveland Fire Brigade were alerted to people trapped on the cliff lift just after 12.15, and sent 5 appliances from Saltburn, Redcar, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough and Thornaby fire stations, which included a specialist rescue team.

In total, 13 people were led to safety, 2 from the bottom carriage and 11 from the carriage nearest the top.

Amongst those who were rescued were a 93 year old woman, a pregnant lady and two children.

It is not believed that there were any injuries, and everyone was safely led from the lift.

In total the fire service were at the scene for around 3 hours. The North East Ambulance Service say they were not required to attend.


Redcar MP Anna Turley has reacted with disappointment following the release of Lord Heseltine's report into the regeneration of Teesside.

Speaking yesterday, Anna said that in her opinion the report contains virtually nothing of real substance and represents a missed opportunity for the government to have tried to repair some of the damage done to the local economy and to people's livelihoods.

Anna said that the report must not be an opportunity for the Government to say they have ‘sorted the Teesside problem’, tick the box and move on.

She went on to say that recovery is going to take time and hard work, and that we need the government to put its shoulder to the wheel and that means investment and support over many years. The report must be the beginning, not the end.


Cleveland Police Cadets have won a national award for their work with people suffering with dementia in our area.

The cadets triumphed over all other forces in the country to win the National Volunteer Police Cadet Award for Best Social Actions. 

In December, the cadets arranged a screening of the 1954 film ‘White Christmas’ at the Regent Cinema in Redcar. The cadets dressed to replicate the era in relevant clothing and they sold ice creams and cakes from wooden usherette trays. 

A Christmas party was organised for residents of a care home in Middlesbrough, and computer tablets have been donated to care homes along with training for residents and staff to show them how to use apps such as games or Skype to contact family members and friends.

Ings Road Primary School performed a World War II themed production for elderly people and Cleveland Police Cadets arranged tea, coffee and refreshments for them whilst they enjoyed the show. 

Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, told Zetland FM that the award was a fantastic and well deserved accolade and the cadets should be rightly proud of their achievements. 

He said: They are a wonderful bunch of young people who have given their spare time to help our community.

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