Zetland FM Local News - 11th October 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Tuesday 11th October 2016.
Cleveland Police have issued a warning following a number of sightings of people dressed in scary clown costumes in our area.
As we reported on Zetland FM last week, police received a report on Thursday of a person dressed as a clown and carrying a knife in Brotton.
On Friday evening officers received reports of another man dressed as a clown, carrying a spade, walking along West Dyke Road in Redcar at around ten to nine.
The current craze of dressing up as creepy versions of the circus characters is happening in towns across the country, after originally starting in the USA.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said that although it is not a crime to dress up as a clown and go out in public, it could cause alarm, fear or distress to others, particularly the very young or older people. Police resources are being diverted from those in genuine need of assistance. The person wearing the costume may also be putting themselves in danger if confronted by someone who feels threatened or afraid.
Police are warning of the dangers of fireworks after reports of youths throwing them at cars in our area.
On Sunday evening officers in the Easterside and Longlands area of Middlesbrough recieved reports of a number of teenagers, wearing hoodies to conceal their faces throwing fireworks.
They were firing rockets and throwing them along the road and in the direction of cars and groups of children.
Police have warned that this is highly dangerous and could cause serious life changing injuries if one of the fireworks were to hit someone.
Anyone with information about this sort of anti-social behaviour is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cleveland Fire Brigade have become the latest organisation to join the growing number of emergency service employers and associations showing their commitment to ending mental health stigma.
The brigade yesterday pledged to end stigma and discrimination in the workplace by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.
The signing ceremony took place at Cleveland Fire Brigade Headquarters in Hartlepool.
The Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Jan Brunton and the Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton pledged their support to the Blue Light Programme confirming that they would promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and wellbeing advice to their staff.