Zetland FM Local News - 21st January 2023
An independent panel has found that a new disease is the most likely cause of the mass sea creatures die-off in 2021;
A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after officers stopped a vehicle in Eston;
...and Police are warning the public after a number of recent 2-in-1 burglaries across the Cleveland force area.
An independent panel has found that a new disease is the most likely cause of the mass sea creatures die-off in 2021.
A report by the Crustacean Mortality Expert Panel has ruled out pyridine (pron "pie-rid-een") or dredging as very unlikely.
An algal bloom was also considered to be unlikely because it did not explain the twitching or the length of the die-off, however, the panel said this could not be ruled out as a causative factor.
Scientists have found the most likely cause is a pathogen because it would explain the twitching in the crabs, the lengthy period of deaths and the effect on mainly crustaceans rather than other species.
However, it also suggested that a combination of factors could have caused the unusual deaths, rather than just one.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after officers stopped a vehicle in Eston.
Officers from Eston Neighbourhood Policing Team received concerns from local residents that the vehicle may be being used to commit crime and carried out patrols around 3pm on Thursday to locate it.
A short time later, they located and searched the vehicle which was found in the Eston area.
Officers recovered drugs, believed to be crack cocaine and heroin, along with a quantity of cash and mobile phones from the vehicle.
A 21-year-old man was arrested and has since been bailed pending further enquiries.
Police are warning the public after a number of recent 2-in-1 burglaries across the Cleveland force area.
A 2-in-1 burglary is when someone gains access to a property and steals the car keys and subsequently a vehicle.
26 of these crimes have been reported since 1st December 2022, with eleven suspects arrested.
Fourteen of the vehicles have since been recovered by police.
Officers are advising people to keep doors and windows locked even when at home, use key safes or use anti-theft key pouches to help prevent keyless thefts.