Zetland FM Local News - 4th August 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 4th August 2016.
The first fines have been issued to motorists who have failed to heed warnings about poor parking on Redcar seafront.
Recent warm weather has seen a marked increase in people parking badly, including blocking the pavement so that members of the public in wheelchairs or with pushchairs could not get past.
A special team of parking wardens is now patrolling the seafront from 10.30am until 7pm, issuing £70 fines to people who have parked their cars illegally.
And while most motorists obey the rules, a number of drivers still fell foul of the regulations, with six penalty notices issued on Redcar seafront in the last week.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is reminding drivers to park considerately in one of the four council-owned car parks that offer free parking on a weekend.
Businesses and householders are being urged not to be easy targets for arsonists this summer.
Advice issued today by Cleveland Fire Brigade is to ensure that skips and waste bins have locks and are kept in a secure place well away from buildings.
The appeal comes after latest figures show that fire setters cost Cleveland nearly £900,000 during last years school summer holiday break.
The tips for residents from Cleveland Fire Brigade include not leaving your wheelie bins and rubbish out before collection day and getting the local council to collect unwanted furniture and other items from holiday clear-outs.
Last summer holiday there were 448 deliberate fires, 146 of these were in Redcar and Cleveland.
Anyone with information about arson or anti-social behaviour in our area should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Police on 101.
A commemorative stone honouring an Eston War Hero will be unveiled this weekend.
The commemorative paving stone will remember the life of Private William Henry Short VC who died in the Battle of the Somme.
The commemoration will take place this Saturday at 11am at the Remembrance Cross in Eston Cemetery on Normanby Road with the Mayor doing a reading from the Bible as part of the ceremony.
Born in 1885 in Eston, Private Short joined the Green Howards, Yorkshire Regiment in 1914 and travelled to France in 1915.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery at Munster Alley, a key area in the Battle of the Somme, where even with a serious foot injury he still primed Mills bombs for soldiers in ‘B’ Company until he succumbed to his injuries.
At Saturday’s commemoration, 100 years on from his death, a representative from the Yorkshire Regiment will read the letter sent to William’s father James informing him of his son’s death.