Zetland FM Local News - 23rd January 2017
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Monday 23rd January 2017.
Cleveland Police are warning residents about the new government rules for using a mobile phone while driving.
At the moment the offence carries a £100 fine and three penalty points.
However under the new rules drivers can get six points on their licence and could face a £200 fine.
The new legislation will come into effect on the 1st of March, and police are warning people across Cleveland and Durham that there will be no hiding place for drivers tempted to use their mobile phone.
In 2016 there were 720 offences across the area of drivers using their mobile phones and 67 found to be not in proper control of their vehicle.
This includes eating and drinking, changing music and distractions such as arguing with a passenger.
Redcar MP Anna Turley teamed up with the Royal British Legion on Friday to help get the word out about bogus charities.
They were on Redcar High Street informing the public about fake charities claiming they support the armed services community.
There have been concerns about certain groups in Teesside who claim to support the armed services but in reality do very little to help.
Some dress up as service men and women and use convincing charity names to get donations.
Anna and the Legion are urging Redcar and Cleveland residents to make sure charities are authentic before donating.
Redcar and Cleveland Council have announced that Saltburn Pier will hopefully reopen soon after suffering some damage from the recent tidal surge.
Engineers have inspected the pier and reported that there was no major structural damage.
Some planks have lifted, a kick rail has been broken off and the gate frames need to be reattached.
The pier will stay closed as the minor damage could still be a hazard to visitors.
But the council is hoping to get this damage repaired this week meaning the pier should be open once again soon.