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A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 25th February 2016


Tributes have been paid to a man from Brotton who has died following the collapse of a building at a power station.

Demolition worker Mick Collings, who was known as 'Whitby Mick' by friends, was confirmed dead yesterday after a 10-storey building collapsed at the Didcot Power Station in South Oxfordshire on Monday.

The search continues in the rubble for three other missing workmen.

Mr Collings was a respected member of the Teesriders Motorcycle Club, and friends and other bikers have paid tribute to a man who is described as having had a smile for everyone.

The family of Mr Collings is understood to have travelled to Oxfordshire.


MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has criticised the mishandling of reforms to the state pension age for women which she says has ruined retirement plans for thousands of women on Teesside.

Yesterday Labour held an opposition day debate on the changes passed by the previous coalition government in 2011 which accelerated the rise in the State Pension Age for women to 65 by November 2018, instead of 2020.

The changes have hit women born in the 1950s particularly hard, and Anna says they had not had enough notice to plan for their new circumstances.

Anna said that in her Redcar constituency, almost four thousand women will be affected by the accelerated increase with some suddenly having to wait up to an extra 18 months before being able to claim their pension. Across Teesside, around 30,000 women will be hit by the changes.

Anna also said that she thinks inaction is no longer an option and demanded that the government come clean about exactly what transitional protections were looked at and as a matter of urgency bring forward potential solutions to help many of the women who have seen their retirement plans ruined.


A teenager who miraculously survived after stepping off a bus and running into the path of a car has given her support to a new North East road safety campaign that is urging people to 'Look Out for Each Other'.

Emily Armitage was 15 when she leapt off a bus and, distracted by her mobile phone, ran into the path of a car, causing her to bounce off the windscreen.

CCTV footage, which can be viewed on the Zetland FM Facebook page, shows how Emily was thrown into the road like a rag doll, with her head and elbow leaving impressions in the car windscreen and her shoes ending up in a nearby field and garden.

Amazingly, Emily, 19, suffered no major injuries, but she still endures pain in her legs and back and suffers anxiety over what happened.

She is backing the region-wide campaign by Road Safety GB North East, which is urging everyone, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, to take care on the roads and to look out for each other, especially at times of higher risk.

Road Safety GB North East is launching the campaign with support from the region's 12 local authorities, police forces, fire crews and Police and Crime Commissioners.

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