Zetland FM Local News - 19th October 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 19th October 2016.
People across Redcar & Cleveland are being urged to protect themselves against fraud and cybercrime after statistics find that online crime has cost Cleveland £7 million in the past year.
Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau found that 72% of people in the North East said their top concern is identity theft.
The safety campaign focuses on preventing online crimes such as fraudulent emails, ransomware and email or social media hacking.
But it is said that many people in the North East are still not taking the basic steps to keep themselves safe online.
A staggering £7.3 million was lost in Cleveland as a result of fraud over the last year.
Residents are being urged to use different passwords for different accounts, check privacy settings on social media, update security software and back up information.
Local MP Tom Blenkinsop has defended the owner of Boosbeck's Post Office over its temporary closure.
It is the only post office in the village, with the only alternatives either in Skelton or Lingdale.
The reasons for the closure are unclear but they are connected to a long running and national issue with the computer system.
The system is supposed to offer the Post Office's own cash flow and accounting system online.
In other parts of the country this system had been reprimanded by the Post Office for alleged false accounting - something which they deny.
Tom Blenkinsop defended shop owner Neil Johnson saying that an “honest shopkeeper is possibly being branded with an unfair image”.
The Clarendon in Redcar is set to reopen in November with a refurbishment and under new ownership.
The pub on the corner of the High Street has been closed since January after the former licensee pulled the plug.
But now two Redcar business people, Jackie Rugg and Zamir Khan, are set to reopen it.
Both were frustrated at seeing the Clarendon’s sorry state since closure, with its boarded up windows and missing letters from its name.
The business partners are hoping for the pub to become a high quality attraction once again by November.