Zetland FM Local News - 7th Mar 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 7th March 2016
Parents from a local school have voiced their concerns at a meeting to discuss cuts to faith school transport across Redcar and Cleveland.
More than 50 parents and supporters from Redcar's Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School attended Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's cabinet meeting last Tuesday to express their disappointment and frustration at changes which have been proposed to the provision of bus services for Catholic students.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Right Reverend Terence Drainey, also submitted a letter to the council raising his concerns about the plan.
At the meeting, the council decided to defer the decision on any proposed changes to services to a future meeting, to give councillors the opportunity to fully review the submissions it had received.
12-year-old Rachel Oliver is a year 8 student at Sacred Heart RC School, and she told Zetland FM that she is worried that the bus service which takes her to school from Lingdale each day is under threat.
Police are appealing for information after a number of garages were broken into in the Marina Avenue area of Coatham at around 5am on Saturday morning.
If you saw or heard anything suspicious please contact officers on the non-emergency number 101.
Officers are warning foreign exchange bureaus across our area of a scam after two incidents where a woman attempted to exchange fraudulent dollars for sterling.
The woman entered a travel agents in Stockton on Tuesday last week and another in Darlington around four weeks ago with $2000 which she asked to exchange for sterling.
The store in Darlington exchanged the currency, however, it was only later that the store discovered that the dollars were fake as the currency had shown as real when checked with a currency pen.
The Stockton store refused to exchange the dollars and the woman left.
The suspect is described as aged in her late fifties or early sixties, with dark hair, 5ft 4” tall, of medium build and wearing a cream, padded parker jacket, a bright red handbag and bright red lipstick.
Local MP Tom Blenkinsop MP is backing a campaign to 'Keep Sunday Special' and is opposing the Government's proposals to devolve Sunday trading regulations.
The MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland recently attended a lobby of Parliament organised by the 'Keep Sunday Special' coalition.
Members of shop workers union Usdaw and convenience store owners met with MPs recently to explain how extended opening in large stores will reduce trade for small stores and lead to even more retail staff in large stores being pressured to work longer hours on Sundays.
Voting on changing Sunday trading rules is expected to take place on Wednesday 9th March.