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'Positive picture' for Cleveland Fire Brigade

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nic Marko

According to bosses. a public survey on Cleveland Fire Brigade shows a "positive picture" of firefighters and their work.

Surveys were carried out of all fire and rescue services in England during summer 2018 to find out the public perception of each service.

Cleveland Fire Brigade Headquarters

Nearly 18,000 responses were received from across the country, with 436 from the Cleveland Fire Brigade area, making it the third highest for number of responses.

Figures found 77% of people were highly or fairly satisfied with the fire and rescue service, 7% higher than the national average.

It was also found 87% of people think the brigade has a good reputation, again bettering the national average of 85%.

Police celebrate dogs on Love Your Pet Day

Police dogs in North Yorkshire are being celebrated on national Love Your Pet Day.

North Yorkshire Police posted photographs on Twitter celebrating the force's working dogs:

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Vote due on North Yorkshire pupil referral unit budget cut

There will be a vote today on plans to cut the budget of North Yorkshire's pupil referral units by about 50%.

A classroom

The units take in children who've been excluded from mainstream schools, but North Yorkshire County Council want to cut funding by £1.5m.

Critics claim this would put vulnerable youngsters at risk of being groomed by so-called county lines drug dealers.

The authority has been accused of negligence over the proposed changes to the seven units.

Colette Munro, the education welfare officer and safeguarding lead at the Groves Academy in Harrogate, says important warning signs would be missed if the changes are approved.

North Yorkshire County Council says work in the units will continue and it's committed to helping more pupils at risk of exclusion stay in mainstream education.

Oh yes they do: Village celebrates 40 years of pantomime

A North Yorkshire village theatre company is celebrating 40 years of pantomime.

Brayton Players

The Brayton Players started in 1979 and will reach the milestone anniversary with their production of Aladdin, which is running next week.

Keith Carling, 71, one of the original members, said: "The whole idea is people can come to our shows and forget about their worries and have a good laugh."

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy at times and breezy with patchy rain and drizzle.

However, there will also be some brighter interludes, with the best of these over eastern areas.

A mild day.


Police continue to investigate sexual assault in Normanby

BBC Tees

Police are appealing for three men to come forward who may be able to help with their investigation into a sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in Normanby.

It happened at on Sunday at 21.30 on a wooded pathway, near Ormesby Road between the junction of Cricket Lane and Normanby Hall Park.

Police say the three white males aged between 16 and 18 walked along the pathway on the other side of the road shortly before the incident.

The suspect they're hunting is a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6ft and of large build with muscular arms.

Det Insp Matt Hollingsworth said: "It is important that these males come forward and speak to us, as they may have information which could assist the investigation."

Police appeal for information following Middlesbrough crash

BBC Tees

Police are investigating after two cars crashed into a building and a tree in central Middlesbrough in the early hours of this morning.

Crash in Middlesbrough

The Ford focus hit the tree after colliding with a white Skoda Octavia taxi which crashed into a building on Newport Road at 02:35.

Police are trying to find two male passengers from the Focus who ran off.

Crash in Middlesbrough

The driver is in James Cook Hospital with serious injuries.

The taxi's front seat passenger is also in hospital with serious spinal injuries.

The other men in the taxi suffered minor injuries.

Crash in Middlesbrough

Guisborough residents call for heather burning to be stopped

BBC Tees

Angry residents in an East Cleveland town say they've had enough of smoke from heather burning on the North York Moors drifting over their homes.

The practice is used by landowners to encourage new heather growth, which boosts the young grouse population ahead of the shooting season.

Scientist Dr John Birtill's home in Guisborough is one of those affected, and he says he received promises that the burning would stop but it's still happening.

He added: "If they burn the heather behind Guisborough with a wind from the south it comes straight over Guisborough.

"If we did that in industry we'd be prosecuted.

"Standards are tighter now, they've got to get a grip, this is stone-age behaviour."

The North York Moors National Park Authority says heather burning is legal and subject to regulations and a voluntary code.

It says it maintains the moorland landscape while reducing risk of wild fires and benefiting wading birds but it is against the law to produce smoke which affects health or causes a nuisance.

Prosecution call for people who attack ambulance staff

Anyone who attacks a member of the emergency service needs to be prosecuted, according to the trade union which represents ambulance workers.

A damaged ambulance
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

In the last nine months there have been 850 reports of physical and verbal attacks on staff at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service - double the number from six years ago.

Last week an ambulance crew in Hull had to lock themselves in a house because they were threatened.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A bright and chilly start.

Through the day, cloud will gradually spill in from the west, turning the sunshine significantly hazier.

Late in the afternoon, patchy rain may reach western districts.


Supermarket chain trials scheme to cut plastic waste

A Yorkshire-based supermarket is trying out a scheme to sell loose fruit and vegetables in its store in a bid to reduce single-use plastic waste.

Morrisons bag on a checkout

Supermarkets have been under increasing pressure to reduce plastic in their stores.

Morrisons, in Skipton, is one of six shops across the country trialling the scheme.

The company hopes eventually to roll it out to all its stores nationwide.

Yorkshire's weather

A bright and breezy start, with some early sunny spells.

As the day progresses, a few showers will cross from the west at times, though many places will escape with a dry day.

Breezy throughout.

Highs of 12C (54F).

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Sewer takes a battering from dumped Yorkshire puddings

These photographs show dumped Yorkshire puddings clogging up a sewer.

Anglian Water shared the photographs of the sewer in Ipswich on Twitter.

The photographs came to the attention Yorkshire Water...who weren't happy about it:

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Three arrested over pensioner bungalow burglary

BBC Tees

Three people have been arrested in connection with a burglary at an elderly woman’s home in Billingham.

Jewellery including matching sets of rings and bracelets were stolen from the woman's home on Blakeston Road sometime overnight on Wednesday.

Cleveland Police said some of the items have been recovered but are appealing for anyone who may have been offered for sale any matching sets of jewellery to contact them.

Two men aged 36 and 31 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident, alongside a woman aged 36. All three have been bailed while investigations continue.

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Free energy upgrade to help reduce North Yorkshire bills

Homeowners and renters using inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or fires could get a brand new central heating system installed for free.

A woman uses a thermostat

North Yorkshire County Council has secured funding to help people living in Ryedale, Scarborough and Hambleton reduce their energy bills and transform their home's heating.

To qualify for the funding, each resident must either be in receipt of certain benefits or have a household income below £21,000 and live in a property that wastes energy.

Ryedale District Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Hambleton District Council have also provided match funding to support installations in their areas.

Brexit means 'uncertainty' for Sausage World plans

There are question marks around the future of a new tourist attraction, called Sausage World, as the company behind the plans said it would no longer be able to apply for European Union grants after Brexit.

Heck facilities near Bedale

Food producer Heck have already received the go-ahead for a £4m expansion of its factory, in Kirklington, near Bedale, North Yorkshire, which would include a new visitor centre.

It had hoped EU grants would be able to help support the development.

The company currently employs 120 staff, of which 85 are from Europe, now hopes to raise money for the scheme by expanding into Ireland and selling vegan sausages to Australia.

Jamie Keeble, co-founder of Heck Food, said: "After losing out on EU funding because of Brexit we will have to fund our sausage world out of cash so are ramping up our international exports."

He said Brexit was "creating huge uncertainty" and the support for small food companies "has all disappeared down the Brexit plug hole".

North Yorkshire station cafe closed after 'break in'

There’s been a break in overnight at Selby railway station.

Station break in

It happened at the station’s cafe.

It has been sealed off this morning as North Yorkshire Police investigate.

Pictures from the scene show glass on the floor and police tape wrapped around seats at the front.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A chilly start, perhaps with one or two patches of mist or fog.

These will disperse though to leave plenty of blue sky and sunshine.

Very mild. Highs of 14C (57F).

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this morning, services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

There are issues between Meadowhall and Barnsley because of trespassers on the line.

Disruption is expected to last until about 08:45 this morning, according to operators.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Tan Hill Inn's red light for stargazers' delight
The isolated Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire has installed red lights outside to aid stargazing.

Durham 'among universities with fewest poor white students'

Half of universities have less than 5% poor white students and Durham is part of that list, figures show.

A report from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon) has revealed the number of white students from underprivileged backgrounds going to UK universities.

Durham has 4%, compared with 28% at Teesside and 27% at Sunderland.

Cambridge and Oxford also have a small percentage of students from deprived areas - with 2% and 3% respectively.

Durham Castle
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'Racism is not tolerated', say under-fire Cleveland Police

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Cleveland Police has hit back at claims in a national inquiry that black people and ethnic minorities "suffer a catalogue of horrors" working for the "institutionally racist" force.

The force was highlighted in the National Black Police Association's written evidence to The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On inquiry, which was set up after the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

The association's president, Tola Munro, told the Home Affairs Committee that Cleveland had met the criteria for institutional racism over a period of time - claiming there was a lack of representation at the force and disproportionate grievances and employment tribunals.

Responding to the claims, the force's deputy chief constable, Helen McMillan, said: "Racism is not tolerated at Cleveland and it has never been found through any judicial process to be institutionally racist."

She added the force is continuing to work with the NBPA to ensure it is inclusive and fair.

Cleveland Police logo at the force's Middlesbrough headquarters

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A dry and mild day today.

There may be some low cloud around in places this morning, but this will disperse to leave it bright with hazy sunshine.

Tonight will remain dry with predominantly clear, starry skies.

However, some patchy mist, fog and low cloud will develop in places. Turning cold again under the clear skies.

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Spate of high-performance car thefts spark police warning

Drivers of high-performance cars in North Yorkshire are being warned to be vigilant against so-called "two-in-one" burglaries.

Mercedes badge

The alert comes following a spate of break-ins across the county, with burglars specifically targeting properties where cars such as BMWs, Audis and Mercedes are on the driveway.

The most recent incident took place at about 01:00 on Tuesday morning in Sutton-in-Craven in which three masked men gained entry to a property and threatened the homeowner and demanded the keys to his Volkswagen 4×4.

The homeowner was able to call the police and the men made off empty-handed, but the victim and his family were left "shaken" by the incident, police say.

Det Ch Insp Dave Ellis said: "If you own a high-performance car, please ensure you take all steps necessary to keep your vehicle locked and secure when at home.

"Burglars will look for easy targets and will check firstly for insecure properties and vehicles, so it's advisable before you go to bed each evening to check that your car is safe, the keys are secure and all your doors and windows are closed and secure."

Police continue searching an area of Wasteland in Middlesbrough

Police investigating the suspected murder of a Teesside grandmother are searching an area of wasteland in Middlesbrough.

Forty-three-year-old Naheed Khan disappeared last June.

Officers are searching an area of land near to the back of the Whitfield Buildings on Park Vale Road this morning - it's close to the the area of one of the last possible sightings of Naheed, which was the cash machine outside Adils Pizzeria.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Green says they've had some useful information in recent weeks, but re-appealed for the public's help.

Police search

He added: "The area we are searching has already formed part of investigation as Naheed was possibly last seen near to this location and officers have already conducted house to house inquiries in a bid to seek more information as to her whereabouts.

"For operational reasons, officers cannot go into specific details regarding the nature of the search but we can provide an update once it is complete."

Officers searching land after receiving information about missing Middlesbrough woman

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Police are searching land in a bid to find a missing woman they now believe to have been murdered.

Naheed Khan, 43, from Thornaby, Teesside, was reported missing on 12 June, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

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Cleveland Police say there were three reported sightings of her in Middlesbrough between 4 and 6 May.

Mrs Khan's bank account was also accessed from three locations in Middlesbrough in the same period.

Officers say there is no tangible evidence that the grandmother has been the victim of a crime, but they "fear the worst".

Naheed Khan
Family photo

Pub celebrates Valentine's Day by raising funds for charity

Lucy Moody


14 February, it's a day that splits opinion but if you are celebrating Valentines and looking for a romantic present for your other half then you might want to head over to Osmotherley.

A North Yorkshire pub has come up with an unusual way to celebrate while raising money for a Teesside charity.

Visitors at the Golden Lion Inn in Osmotherley are painting love-struck customers' names on to a wall of hearts in the bar, in return for a £5 donation to the Zoe's Place baby hospice in Middlesbrough.

Golden Lion Inn

Concern over lorry loaded on truck

This isn't the kind of image you expect to see on Yorkshire's roads.

Someone spotted this truck on the A64 in North Yorkshire with another vehicle loaded on it and reported it to police:

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Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Dry this morning and despite some large areas of cloud, there will be some bright spells too.

It will be mild but also breezy.

Staying dry this afternoon with areas of cloud and glimmers of sunshine.


Officers 'struggling' to cope with demand

Police officers across the Yorkshire region say they're tired, over-worked and struggling to cope with demand.

Police officers

Thousands have told a survey by the Police Federation there simply aren't enough of them to do the job properly.

The federation also says officers and the public are being exposed to "increased risk" as more frontline officers are forced to work alone.

Officer numbers have fallen since 2010, but the government says it's spending millions of pounds recruiting more staff.

Plan for single Yorkshire mayor rejected by government.

Plans for a single Yorkshire mayor have been rejected by the government.

James Brokenshire MP
PA/Yui Mok

The communities secretary has written to council leaders saying their plan to work together doesn't meet the rules.

James Brokenshire MP said: "We are prepared to begin discussions about a different, localist approach to devolution in Yorkshire.

"We know there is local appetite for other devolution elsewhere in Yorkshire, with representations having been made previously by the Leeds City Region, York and North Yorkshire and the Humber Estuary."

Labour MP for Hull North Diana Johnson described the decision as "one size fits all as determined by Whitehall".

North Yorkshire pub hopes to draw stargazers

England's highest pub, The Tan Hill Inn, is hoping to attract stargazers to North Yorkshire.

The Tan Hill Inn

Special lighting has been installed in outside viewing areas so astronomers can move around safely with minimum light pollution.

It's aiming to become one of North Yorkshire's Dark Skies Friendly destinations.