A round up of Zetland FM's local news stories for Wednesday 21st October 2015.

Over 7,000 families in our area could be hit by tax credits cuts, according to a local MP.

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland says research by the House of Commons has revealed that in his constituency 7,200 families claiming tax credits could be hit by the cuts.

Yesterday Labour lead an opposition day debate on tax credits, seeking cross-party support on the vote to help avert cuts to the incomes of low and medium paid working people across Britain. 

Speaking before yesterdays debate, Tom said that cutting tax credits undermines the value of work, and penalises those who work hard day after day just to get by.

He went on to accuse the Conservatives of hitting working families in the wallet, instead of helping working people.


Police are appealing for information following a collision involving a Ford Focus and a nine-year-old boy in Redcar.

The collision happened at around five to four on Monday, on West Dyke Road at the junction with Greystoke Road.

The boy suffered minor injuries and was taken to James Cook University Hospital for overnight observation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who may have information regarding it is asked to contact PC Amanda Stokes from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 184650. 


A Redcar apprentice is celebrating after winning a top award in the prestigious North East Apprentice of the Year Awards 2015. 

Ryan Davies, age 21, from Redcar was delighted to win the McDonald’s award for 'intermediate apprentice of the year' at the high profile awards ceremony at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle. Ryan began his apprenticeship at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as an apprentice healthcare assistant in oral surgery and maxillofacial outpatients at The James Cook University Hospital completing a level 2 apprenticeship and securing permanent employment in outpatients.

After completing an NVQ 3 and his C1 driving licence, Ryan has now secured a post with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) as an emergency care assistant to support him with his career goal of becoming a paramedic.

Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

 Following the regional ceremonies, the winners from each category in all 11 areas of England will have their entries sent for national judging, and three from each category will be selected as national finalists. 

The national award winners will be revealed at a ceremony being held in January at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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