Zetland FM Local News - 5th December 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Monday 5th December 2016.
Police are investigating after large concrete garden ornaments have been stolen from homes across East Cleveland.
Homes in Brotton, Guisborough, Boosbeck and Skelton have all been targeted.
Officers are investigating but residents are being warned that they should be wary of ornaments left outside overnight.
It’s believed that a vehicle was used in the thefts due to the size and weight of the ornaments.
Anyone with suspicious sightings of vehicles or people are being asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
An animal rescue centre is asking supporters to object to plans to build houses near its base.
Saltburn Animal Rescue Association is urging people to write to the council to oppose the scheme which could be built on land near Foxrush Farm in Redcar.
A planning application has been submitted to the council for 550 homes to be built.
They would include starter homes to help young first-time buyers purchase a home.
However, the charity believes that complaints from homeowners on the site could lead to problems from them in the future.
They're asking people to write to the council's Planning Officer to oppose the scheme.
Teesside's oldest house has been discovered near Loftus - and it’s even older than Stonehenge.
Evidence of the house was found earlier this year and the age of the house has now been confirmed.
It's nearly 6000 years old making it the oldest house in the whole of Teesside.
Doctor Steve Sherlock and members of the Teesside Archaeological Society made the discovery after 12 years of searching the area.
They’d been trying to find evidence of a pottery kiln after a Roman building was found nearby three years ago.
But instead they stumbled across a house that was much much older.
The site was searched over the spring and summer and then filled in. It will be revealed again next year and excavations will continue.
Saltburns Christmas lights were switched on on Saturday evening.
An estimated two thousand people packed the town centre for the switch on, which was carried out by two children, Harry and Hannah, who won a colouring competition.
Zetland FM's very own Julie Donaldson was there to host the event, and there was a moment of drama during the festive procession when one of the fire engines which was taking part was called away to attend a genuine emergency.
Trevor Welburn is the secretary of the Saltburn 500 club, and he told Zetland FM that a lot of work goes into the event.