Police are appealing for witnesses after an early morning crash in which two people were injured;

A man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to firearms offences;

...and a local council says a proposal to create more residential and supported accommodation for children in care in Middlesbrough could save more than £1.9m over the next four years.

 

Police are appealing for witnesses after an early morning crash in which two people were injured.

The incident occurred at around 5.20am yesterday on the A171 Whitby Road between Ugthorpe and the turn off to Egton Bridge, and involved a blue Skoda Octavia and a white BMW X1.

The Skoda was believed to be travelling from Whitby to Guisborough, and the BMW is believed to have been travelling from Guisborugh to Whitby.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken been taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

 

A man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to firearms offences.

27-year-old Jordan Wheater from South Terrace in Middlesbrough, was sentenced on Wednesday 21st February at Teesside Crown Court after pleading guilty to offences including possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a firearm in a public place. 

Cleveland Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team  investigated following a number of homemade firearms and ammunition being recovered in Middlesbrough throughout 2023.

Mr Wheater was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

 

A local council says a proposal to create more residential and supported accommodation for children in care in Middlesbrough could save more than £1.9m over the next four years.

Middlesbrough Council signalled in February last year it wanted to increase the in-house estate for children’s care. However efforts to secure suitable properties have not been straightforward with one planned refurbishment of a property belonging to the council into a residential home described as “prohibitive” and not value for money.

Local authorities on Teesside have repeatedly highlighted the expensive and rising cost of caring for children with complex needs, with limited provision sometimes requiring placements to be sought outside of the area. A revised plan, approved by Middlesbrough Council’s decision-making executive, aims to identify suitable properties with “minimal renovation required” and describes building partnerships with commissioned providers.


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