Zetland FM Local News - 16th Jan 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 16th January 2016.
Cleveland Police are warning people to be vigilant following incidents in which burglars have used implements to retrieve car keys through letterboxes in an attempt to steal cars.
Three similar incidents have been reported this month in the Teesside area and items such as fishing rods and coat hangers have been used in an attempt to steal keys through letterboxes.
The first incident occurred on Monday January 4th at around 4am at a property on Abdale Avenue in Middlesbrough. Fortunately nothing was stolen. A 31-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were both arrested on suspicion of burglary and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A second incident occurred on Windsor Crescent in Middlesbrough between Friday 8th January and 11am on Saturday 9th January. A grey Volkswagen Golf was stolen after the keys were retrieved via the letterbox. A 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and driving offences and a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary. Both men have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
The third incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning, Friday 15th January, at 1:47am on North Albert Road in Stockton. A male in the property disturbed two males putting a fishing rod through the letterbox and they made off from the scene in an unknown direction.
A spokesman Cleveland Police Volume Crime Team said their advice is to keep car keys and house keys out of sight.
He said that police have been very proactive in bringing burglars to justice and always do everything possible to catch those responsible, however it’s also important for members of the public to do their bit to help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime by keeping doors and windows locked and keeping keys out of sight and out of reach from letterboxes.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents or anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Owners of properties are being encouraged to be vigilant when renting to tenants they do not know, especially if they are offering cash payments.
The warning comes days after the discovery of a cannabis farm estimated to be worth around £150,000 at an address on Clarendon Road in Middlesbrough on Monday.
Dangerous wiring which is used to bypass electricity meters has proven to be a fire hazard at a number of cannabis farms which are discovered, therefore potentially putting lives at risk.
Detective Inspector Steve Kappel told Zetland FM that it is important that landlords are vigilant when renting their properties to tenants that they don’t know, especially if they offer to pay cash, and that they keep an eye on their property and regularly inspect it to make sure that they know what’s going on there.
He said that fire hazards go hand-in-hand with cannabis farms and that they often see dangerous wiring or heating lamps left close to wooden surfaces, with potential for a property to go up in flames and endanger lives.
Anyone with information regarding drugs activity in their area is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, the Cleveland Drugs Enforcement Team confidential line on 0800 929 702 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is encouraging residents of the borough to sign up to two consultation events taking place this month to have their say on improving their coastal communities.
The drop-in sessions are to help draft plans that will benefit those who live, work and visit the area.
These events follow a decision from the Department for Communities and Local Government to support a number of Coastal Community Teams in order to inform and help deliver economic regeneration in coastal areas.
The council was successful in attracting funds to create a team for the Redcar-Coatham area and a second team covering the coastal area of East Cleveland.
Centrifuge Consulting has been appointed by the council to undertake consultations and assist communities to pull together “Economic Plans” for each area. Local organisations will then be offered support to establish themselves as Coastal Community Teams that may continue to create and inform future growth projects.
For the Redcar-Coatham community consultation, where project ideas will be collated, residents are invited to a drop in session on Wednesday, January 20th between 3pm and 7pm at Tuned In!, Majuba Road, Redcar.
For the East Cleveland community consultation, residents are invited to a similar session on Thursday, January 21st between 3pm and 7pm at Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Road, Skelton.