Zetland FM Local News - 2nd November 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 2nd November 2016.
Cleveland Police's largest ever drugs operation has come to a close with over 30 people being put behind bars for 231 years.
Operation Cobweb has been ongoing with years of arrests, court cases, and investigations into Teesside’s Class A drugs problem.
More than 20 people have now been ordered to pay almost £550,000 to the state from their criminal gains after the gang made millions.
Players in the professional gang ranged from runners and warehousemen to lieutenants, right hand men and ringleaders.
Many were ordered to repay small fractions of their criminal gains, often calculated from the value of drugs.
Some had nothing to show for their crimes and were ordered to pay nominal sums of £1.
A driver crashed into a Redcar wall before fleeing the scene yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to Grove Road yesterday afternoon.
A man driving a blue Volvo crashed into a wall, next to The Salon hairdressers.
He then reportedly fled from the scene.
The road towards Redcar Lane was closed and the fire brigade also attended.
No injuries were been reported but it is said that police are on the lookout for the man.
Police are still appealing for information about a man who dressed as a clown and punched and robbed a pensioner.
The victim was attacked at his home on Howlbeck Road in Guisborough last Monday.
A wallet containing bank cards and a small amount of cash was taken.
The suspect is described as a man with a medium build and he spoke with a local accent.
He was said to be wearing a black hooded top, gloves and a clown mask.
The victim did not need medical treatment after the assault, but he was left badly shaken.
Today, a Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed that inquiries into the incident were ongoing.
Anyone who might be able to help should call Detective Constable Mick Jackson on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A local councillor has been recognised with a national award.
Councillor Lynn Pallister of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has won the 2016 Councillor Achievement Award for County Councillor of the Year.
The seventh annual Awards Ceremony was held last night in the Guildhall's Livery Hall in London. The Awards are the only national ceremony to honour the hard work of councillors from across the country that often goes unrecognised.
Councillor Pallister was selected as the County Councillor of the Year for being a committed advocate for her constituents and bringing about positive change in her community. Through her role as a Community Enterprise Manager with FROG – Future Regeneration of Grangetown – she recently helped secure £1 million of funding to transform a derelict social club into a community space to serve the Grangetown community. Lynn also took the lead in setting up Teesside Steel Appeal, a local charity supporting families affected by the closure of the local steelworks in 2015. The appeal attracted support from across the country, including major retailers, and ensured that families who had lost work could still enjoy Christmas despite the loss of income.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of the Local Government Information Unit, congratulated Councillor Pallister on her outstanding work and said he was looking forward to hearing about her future accomplishments.