Zetland FM Local News - 30th January 2018
A local MP has expressed his disappointment that the government has turned down a request to to extend SSI Taskforce funding to workers being made redundant at Boulby Potash, saying it would set an unworkable precedent;
Police are appealing for information after a man was racially abused outside the Sainsbury’s store in Eston;
...and business owners in Redcar have voiced their concerns over increasing crime in Redcar.
A local MP has expressed his disappointment that the government has turned down a request to to extend SSI Taskforce funding to workers being made redundant at Boulby Potash, saying it would set an unworkable precedent.
However, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Simon Clarke has welcomed other measures announced by Business Minister Andrew Griffiths, including relaxing of the DWP’s 16-hour rule for Boulby workers, as well as the ability to part fund relevant qualifications in local colleges.
The minister has also agreed that he will give the Taskforce “full support” to negotiate with ICL Group, who own Cleveland Potash, to agree their contribution to a support package.
However Redcar MP Anna Turley has criticised the government's decision.
Anna says the decision will significantly limit the opportunities available and that she is deeply disappointed that ministers have once again ignored the impact of redundancies in our area.
Police are appealing for information after a man was racially abused outside the Sainsbury’s store in Eston.
The incident happened at around five past ten in the evening on Saturday 20th January outside the store on Bankfields Road.
The 33-year-old victim was subjected to a tirade of racial verbal abuse by a male who is described as being aged in his mid-teens and wearing a dark puffer jacket and tracksuit bottoms.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Ellen Seaman on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Business owners in Redcar have voiced their concerns over increasing crime in Redcar.
Independent business owners from across Redcar met up with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, and several members of Cleveland Police yesterday evening to highlight their concerns about the increasing number of burglaries and vandalism experienced by many retailers on the High Street.
One owner and resident talked about dealing with 12 burglaries in just 8 months in his two businesses and is now feeling the pressure of almost being a night watchman on one of them. While Russ Clarke from the Cleveland Bay, who is also experiencing anti-social behaviour, added, “Redcar doesn’t need to look pretty, it needs to be safe.”
The meeting, which was held at the Community Heart, was called after what seems like a relentless targeting of shops in Redcar, and leading to several shops closing their doors for good.
Police asked that residents and shop owners continue to report crimes, so that they know where to target their efforts and actively engage with their Cleveland Connected initiative so that the community and police can work together to overcome this problem. You can find details of that initiative at clevelandconnected.co.uk