Zetland FM Local News - 9th February 2017
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 9th February 2017.
A man has been sent to jail after a ten-year-old boy found him drunk and staggering around his bedroom in Redcar during a burglary.
The discovery in December led to the boy’s dad chasing the intruder - Michael Lawrence - out of his home with a baseball bat.
When Lawrence put his hands in his pockets the dad wondered if he had a weapon and armed himself with the baseball bat.
Mr Lawrence had burgled a bedsit on the High Street on the same night, forcing his way in and stealing two bottles of aftershave.
He admitted to the two burglaries - despite saying he doesn't remember them - and has been jailed for 15 months.
Cleveland Police are now rolling out their property marking events to other parts of Redcar and Cleveland after the success of events in Redcar.
Residents can get a free etching to help keep anything from bicycles to mobile phones out of the hands of criminals.
The etchings not only reunite owners with their property, but also help provide evidence to convict the thief.
And the marking could be enough to deter a thief simply due to the permanent appearance.
The next event takes place this Sunday between 11 and 1 at Marske Library.
And a Redcar man is raising money to buy portable defibrillators for Locke Park and Coatham Primary School.
Oliver Rodgers set up a Just Giving page after a family member - Colin - died while playing football.
The page was set up on Tuesday and has already passed its goal of 1000 pounds.
More than 60 people have supported the cause which has now raised nearly £1500 with some generous supporters donated 100 pounds.
The donations will be used to buy portable defibrillators for Coatham Primary School and Redcar Parkrun at Locke Park.
Yesterday one of the defibrillators was unveiled at Stewart Park in Marton after a similar campaign was held.
The machines have been praised after one of them saved the life of a Parkrunner in Nottinghamshire last month.