A man at the centre of a 17 hour stand-off in Redcar which involved armed police has appeared in court;

Volunteers behind the Gruffalo trail at Guisborough Forest have expressed their dismay following vandalism;

...and Cleveland Police have announced their latest knives and sharp objects amnesty.

A man at the centre of a 17 hour stand-off in Redcar last weekend which involved armed police, negotiators and the bomb squad, has appeared in court.

Mark Anthony Watson faced three charges at Teesside Magistrates’ Court following the incident which started on Saturday night just before 11pm.

Arthur Street was cordoned off after a man barricaded himself in a house, resulting in some residents being evacuated for over 6 hours due to fears of a gas explosion and a separate incident where potentially hazardous materials were found in another property. He was finally arrested around 3pm on Sunday.

Watson faced charges of assault and damaging or destroying property with the intent to endanger life. He’s set to appear in court again on the ninth of May.


The friends of Guisborough Forest have revealed that signage for the Gruffalo trail has been vandalised just ahead of the busy Easter weekend. 

The damage was believed to have been done sometime last Sunday night and several signs for the trail were either broken or stolen.

Using a handy mobile phone app, the Gruffalo trail encourages children to search for creatures from the popular book.

The group revealed that while some replacement signs won't arrive until after Easter, the trail can still be used.


Cleveland Police are encouraging people to surrender their knives or sharp objects without fear of prosecution. It’s part of a national campaign to try and tackle knife crime. 

It follows on from last year's successful campaign over one hundred knives or sharp objects were handed in.

The week long campaign begins on the second of May and anyone with objects to surrender, can put them in knife bins at the 

police station on Kirkleatham Business Park, where they'll be safely disposed of. 

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