A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 18th June 2016.


A man who died in an incident at Boulby Potash Mine yesterday has been named by company management.

56-year-old John Anderson, who was known as 'Richie' and lived at Easington near Loftus, was killed in a gas blow-out early yesterday morning.

He had worked at the East Cleveland mine for 35 years.

Mine owner ICL UK said in a statement that the incident is believed to have involved a sudden and powerful release of gas. The mine’s rescue team dealt with the incident and emergency services attended the scene. All other workers in the mine at the time of the incident were safely evacuated.

Her Majesty’s Mines Inspectorate has also been informed.

The area's MP, Tom Blenkinsop, said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the man's family and has called for "immediate lessons" to be learned.

Redcar MP Anna Turley also expressed her "shock and distress", and said "It’s terrible news, nobody should go to work and not come home to their family."


Coast & Country has completed a hat-trick of prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

The housing provider, based in Redcar, achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Coast & Country will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, on July 14, as the event marked its diamond anniversary.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit rospa.com/awards


A man from Marske is taking on the challenge of a mammoth charity bike ride this weekend to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Andy McLeod will be cycling from the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London to the Cenotaph at Coatham Road in Redcar in under 24 hours.

At Midnight on Saturday 18th as Big Ben strikes he will cycle out of London and throughout Sunday will head north with a Poppy Wreath on his back.

Andy is not permitted on motorways or similar roads on his bike, which means his route is approximately 283 miles.

He is hoping to arrive in Redcar at around 10.30 on Sunday night, when members of the Redcar Branch of the Royal British Legion will be ready to welcome him.

You can follow Andy's progress throughout tomorrow on the Zetland FM Facebook page.

If you'd like to make a donation visit the JustGiving website and search for 'cenotaph'.

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