Zetland FM Local News - 11th February 2017
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 11th February 2017.
Redcar MP Anna Turley has met with animal abuse researchers to back up her campaign in a bid to toughen up animal cruelty sentences.
The team from Teesside University link animal abuse with domestic violence.
They found that in rural areas of Eastern Europe teenage males were more likely to abuse animals and had a higher exposure to domestic violence.
Anna is using the research to back up her campaign to make animal cruelty sentences longer.
The Private Members Bill began last year after she argued that Andrew and Daniel Frankish - both from Redcar - got light sentences for abusing their pet bulldog.
After the meeting Anna discussed the importance of the new research:
Redcar and Cleveland are installing cameras to try and catch serial fly-tippers.
Cameras have already been put in on Wilton Lane - the road connecting Wilton and Guisborough.
The council is working with Cleveland Police to target the offenders who could face unlimited fine and up to five years in prison if they're caught.
Warning signs have also been put up to try and deter people from leaving their rubbish behind.
The cameras are a key part of the council's 'Love It' campaign to encourage residents to do their part.
If the new measures are successful they could be rolled out to other areas of Redcar and Cleveland also suffering from fly-tipping.
And East Cleveland is getting its very own cycling race this year.
The East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix will see top level riders from around the UK taking on the three-lap, 30 mile route.
The race will start and finish in Guisborough and will take riders through Saltburn, Easington, Loftus and Brotton among others.
It is a qualifying event for the Tour de Yorkshire and is expected to put East Cleveland on the map.
The event was funded using a one million pounds which was awarded to help promote the villages.
The East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix takes place on the second of April this year.