Zetland FM Local News - 21st September 2023
Police are investigating after the body of a woman was found in South Bank;
Cleveland Police has been moved out of effective special measures after further improvements were made;
...and an eagerly-awaited skatepark has opened to the public.
Police are investigating after the body of a woman was found in South Bank.
Police were called to a property in Ajax Way on Monday evening following concerns for an occupant of the address.
Sadly, the body of a woman was found inside the building.
Around 10:30am on Tuesday officers were called to a report of a sudden death at a property on South Court in South Bank where a second woman had passed away.
Enquiries into both deaths are continuing and, at this time, police are treating the deaths as unexplained.
Whilst formal identification has not yet taken place, the families of the two women have been informed.
Two men aged 47 and two women aged 39 and 43 have been arrested and taken into police custody.
A number of officers are in and around the area conducting enquiries and providing a reassuring presence.
Cleveland Police has been moved out of effective special measures after further improvements were made.
The force had been subject to enhanced monitoring by the police inspectorate after a 2019 report saw it graded as inadequate in all areas, and labelled the worst police force in the country.
In March this year a fresh inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services found the force was ‘good’ in one area - crime data integrity, in essence how accurately and effectively crime is recorded - ‘adequate’ in four areas, required improvement in three areas and ‘inadequate’ in two areas in respect of preventing crime and the good use of resources.
The force still, however, remained subject to the so-called engage monitoring process, one level up from the default position experienced by most forces.
An eagerly-awaited skatepark has opened to the public.
Saltburn Skatepark was officially opened on Saturday, with people travelling from far and wide to test out the new facility.
The free park - which has been built at Hob Hill - has been in the works for around two-and-a-half years and was made possible through grant funding and community efforts.
The committee says they are working to secure funds for the park and has urged any businesses and grant funders to get in touch.