A former church has had to be cordoned off after strong winds caused parts of its tower to collapse yesterday;

Plans for 114 new homes between Redcar and Marske which had been opposed by residents have been rejected by councillors;

...and a cannabis farm, believed to be worth up to £36,000, has been recovered from a property in Middlesbrough.

 

A former church has had to be cordoned off after strong winds caused parts of its tower to collapse yesterday.

Fire crews were called to the Grade II listed Tower Club on Newport Road after debris fell from the structure onto the street below.

This came amid a yellow weather warning across the region as Storm Pia brings gusty winds of up to 50mph.

The site, formerly known as St Cuthberts Church and the Phoenix, was taped off by emergency services, with temporary purple fences being held down by sandbags.

Fears for public safety also sparked the closure of the A66 slip road eastbound to Cannon Park, which runs beside the venue.

 

Plans for 114 new homes between Redcar and Marske which had been opposed by residents have been rejected by councillors.

Taylor Wimpey wanted to construct the properties on agricultural land adjacent to the south of an existing residential development, off Cat Flatt Lane.

A total of 88 written representations were received by the local planning authority, Redcar and Cleveland Council, while a number of councillors, existing and former, also objected.

Members agreed to refuse the application, despite a warning that it could open the council up to legal costs should a successful appeal be brought.

 

A cannabis farm, believed to be worth up to £36,000, has been recovered from a property in Middlesbrough.

Following intelligence from the community, officers from the Proactive Team attended an address on Harewood Street, Middlesbrough yesterday.

Officers recovered a total of 41 cannabis plants from the property with a potential value of approximately £36,000.

The electricity had been bypassed and the property was made safe by the electricity board.

Nobody was present at the address and enquiries are currently ongoing.


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