Zetland FM Local News - 23rd February 2017
Two men from our area have admitted animal cruelty offences after a dog was found buried alive in Kirkleatham Woods last October with a nail hammered into its head;
Plans to demolish the slaughterhouse in Boosbeck have now been approved;
...and Redcar & Cleveland Council are asking residents for their views on how a multi-million pound investment should be spent to improve Redcar town centre.
Two men from our area have admitted animal cruelty offences after a dog was found buried alive in Kirkleatham Woods last October with a nail hammered into its head.
Appearing at Teesside Magistrate's Court yesterday were 60-year-old Richard Finch and 59-year-old Michael Heathcock, both from Redcar.
The men admitted charges which had been brought by the RSPCA relating to the dog’s death.
Mr Heathcock pleaded guilty to hammering the nail into the animal's head, as well as failing to provide veterinary care and attention to the dog.
Mr Finch admitted assisting in the act.
The men claimed that their intention was not to cause unnecessary suffering to the dog, and that they were “thoroughly ashamed” of their actions.
Magistrates told the two men that they require a report from the probation service and granted them unconditional bail.
The case has now been adjourned until March 1st.
Plans to demolish the slaughterhouse in Boosbeck have now been approved.
Planning permission was granted yesterday by Redcar and Cleveland Council to demolish the former halal meat abattoir.
And 69 new homes are due to replace it.
This comes after years of residents campaigning to get the abattoir closed down.
And last year their protests proved to be successful when the council made an agreement to sell the land.
And Redcar & Cleveland Council are asking residents for their views on how a multi-million pound investment should be spent to improve Redcar town centre.
They believe that Redcar needs improvements to stay competitive in a time where online shopping is increasing.
A series of proposals have been drawn up about how the funding will be used following a meeting last year.
And now the council wants people to have their say.
The plans include turning empty properties into retail and business spaces and promoting the town to help attract new visitors.
Consultation sessions are on today and tomorrow from 9:30 on Redcar High Street.
And for anyone who can't attend a consultation has also been opened on the council’s website on so that people can give their views online.