Zetland FM Local News - 2nd June 2017
Almost 150 Teesside children have been targeted in online sex crimes according to a report by the NSPCC;
It has been ruled that a dad in East Cleveland died by suicide;
...and a sand sculpture tribute to Manchester could remain in place at Coatham boating lake until Christmas.
Almost 150 Teesside children have been targeted in online sex crimes according to a report by the NSPCC.
In the UK the figure reaches an average of 15 online child sexual offences a day, including rape, grooming and sexual assault
In Teesside alone 145 crimes were reported over the period of a year.
Now the NSPCC has called on the government to make online safety a top priority.
It's demanding a safeguarding standard that internet companies must meet as well as holding social media companies to account and even fining the.
It's also urging police forces to ensure all officers understand how people use the web to prey on children and how to investigate the crimes.
It has been ruled that a dad in East Cleveland died by suicide.
Jamie Taylor was found at a home in Oldham Street in Boosbeck earlier this year.
Yesterday an inquest ruled that he hung himself after threatening to take his life in the past.
The day before he died, a friend saw him acting nervously and out of character but he said not to worry.
But the next day after he had no response from phone calls, the friend found Mr Taylor's body.
It came after a series of suicide attempts including at Saltburn cliffs where he was eventually talked down.
A sand sculpture tribute to Manchester could remain in place at Coatham boating lake until Christmas.
This year's Kick Off The Summer event saw thousands of people flock to the Redcar for a weekend of family attractions.
They included sand sculptures with a very special one showing solidarity with Manchester after the recent bombing.
But unlike normal sand structures, which are easily washed or blown away, this one should be around for several months.
It's being sprayed with a mix of PVA glue and water every morning that should help it last til Christmas if the weather permits.