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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today called for £100m of tax payers money from central government to ensure the South Tees Development Corporation can get to work with its plans to create thousands of jobs for the area;

Police are continuing to appeal for information after a 17-year-old man was robbed at the junction of Roman Road and Burlam Road in Middlesbrough;

...and Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging drivers to reduce their speed during this year’s Road Safety Week which takes place this week.

 

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today called for £100m of tax payers money from central government to ensure the South Tees Development Corporation can get to work with its plans to create thousands of jobs for the area.

In a bold move, Mr Houchen has described his bid for the resources as a "litmus test of the government's commitment to Teesside", and said the money would prepare the land ready for private sector investment as soon as next year.

Having received over 60 serious enquiries from businesses around the world, Mr Houchen said there are private sector investors lining up to plough money into this site, but we need to get the land cleared up and ready so we can start to see some new jobs for local people.

He says he has held months' worth of meetings with ministers and have received strong support for his proposals – but now he wants the government to put its money where its mouth is.

 

Police are continuing to appeal for information after a 17-year-old man was robbed at the junction of Roman Road and Burlam Road in Middlesbrough.

The incident occurred on Tuesday 14th November at 7:20pm when the man was approached by two men on bikes. One of the males threatened the victim with a screwdriver and pulled him to the ground and the second male assaulted the victim by hitting him in the back with what was believed to be a crow bar.

The two males then took the victim’s car keys and rose gold iPhone.

The victim suffered minor back injuries and received treatment at James Cook University Hospital and was later released.

Anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects are asked to contact DC Leigh Moon on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging drivers to reduce their speed during this year’s Road Safety Week which takes place this week. 

The week, which is hosted by road safety charity Brake, aims to raise awareness about the UK’s speeding problem which causes needless crashes and untold suffering.

This year’s theme is 'Speed Down, Save Lives'. 

Every day, five people are killed, and more than 66 people are seriously injured on UK roads.

Breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions contributes to 349 fatal crashes and 11,570 crashes in total on roads in Britain last year.

The Brigade, in collaboration with Cleveland Police, North East Ambulance Service and Local Authority Road Safety Teams will be visiting colleges across Teesside to warn young drivers about the consequences of speeding.

Fire crews will also be carrying out rescue displays showing the challenges that emergency responders face when rescuing occupants trapped in vehicle.


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