Zetland FM Local News - 19th June 2023
Four off-road bikes have been seized after drones were used to 'lock on to suspicious bikes and riders';
The Tees Valley Mayor and local council leaders have issued a statement after Arriva announced cuts to its bus services in our area;
...and drivers are being reminded to store digital key fobs securely after a recent spate of keyless thefts of vehicles across Cleveland.
Four off-road bikes have been seized after drones were used to 'lock on to suspicious bikes and riders'.
Officers from Greater Eston and Guisborough Neighbourhood Policing Team called upon police drone pilots to assist them as 'eyes in the sky'. The pilots used some of the force's seven new devices to identify the off-road bikes and the people riding them before directing officers to their location in Redcar and Cleveland.
In just a few hours, four bikes were seized after a drone half a kilometre away identified the building the bikes were taken to, so officers could recover them. Two individuals were also dealt with for traffic-related offences.
Cleveland Police now has 11 drones in its fleet and 26 drone-licensed pilots. Another 14 officers are being trained in how to use them.
The Tees Valley Mayor and local council leaders have issued a statement after Arriva announced cuts to its bus services in our area.
The statement says that they hear the concerns raised by residents that will be affected by the recently announced Arriva service cuts, and that the Mayor and Leaders of the Councils have been working very closely together to understand what can be done to mitigate the impact of these cuts and consider a potential way forward.
The statement says that the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Local Councils are working in lockstep on this and looking at a range of potential options.
They go on to say that given the economic climate, there is no easy one-size-fits-all solution but they are all working extremely hard to find a way through this, and will continue to work closely with one another over the coming days.
Drivers are being reminded to store digital key fobs securely after a recent spate of keyless thefts of vehicles across Cleveland.
Predominantly the incidents happen between 10pm and 6am.
Ford Fiesta’s are one of the main cars stolen, with Range Rovers and other Ford vehicles also being targeted.
Whilst officers continue to gather intelligence and work to identify those responsible, we would remind drivers to keep taking steps to help protect their vehicles.
Officers are urging motorists to take all possible steps to protect their vehicles, including keeping your car key or fob (and any spare) well away from the car when you're at home.
For further information or crime prevention advice, please contact 101 to speak to your local crime prevention officer or visit the Cleveland Police website.