A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 5th August 2016.

Police have arrested a man following an incident in which inappropriate comments were made to two young girls.

As we reported on Zetland FM last month, the incident occurred on Friday 1st July at 7:30pm on Roworth Road in Thorntree when the man made inappropriate comments to a nine and a ten-year-old girl and touched the girls’ hair and faces.

One of the girls tried to run away and the man grabbed her and pulled her back and called her an inappropriate name.

Both of the girls managed to run away and they were both unharmed.

A 62-year-old man was arrested yesterday and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

Runners looking to take to the parks and trails of Redcar will soon be enjoying improved paths and new routes as a number of projects get underway including the introduction of a junior parkrun.

Spearheaded by the New Marske Harriers, the projects will see Redcar becoming more appealing to runners than ever before with a number of schemes focussing on Locke Park and Fox Rush Community Woodland.

Assisted by £16,000 in funding from the Tees Valley Community Foundation and Tesco Bags of Help, as well as support from the Friends of Locke Park, the Harriers will remove chicken wire from bridges and decking and replace them with runner-friendly anti-slip strips.

The highlight of Redcar’s running boom is the introduction of a junior two kilometre parkrun starting on Sunday 14 August. Modelled on the already popular parkruns which take place in Locke Park, the junior events are only open to under-14s and run on a shorter course.

A local college has launched a new facility in a bid to bridge the healthcare industry skills gap.

Dozens of students have found work in the sector after being trained in Redcar & Cleveland College’s healthcare unit, which is kitted out with a fully-equipped ambulance, life-saving equipment, talking dummies and a mock A&E department to create an authentic workplace environment.

Now the college has gone a step further by opening up the facility to healthcare firms who want to upskill their current workforce or train new recruits.

Redcar & Cleveland College is now offering a range of courses, from entry level training that provides a route into the industry, to a Level 3 Extended Diploma which equips learners with advanced skills in areas such as infection control, safeguarding, complimentary therapies and dementia awareness.

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