Cleveland Police

Mother appeals for son's return

The mother of a missing man is appealing to her son to return home safe.

Mark Reid, also known as Clease, 43, is from London but went missing after visiting family in Hartlepool on 30 June. Officers believe he could be anywhere in the country.

Mark Reid
Family handout

His mother, Karen Barber, said: “Mark is my only son and I have not slept with worry. It’s the pain of not knowing if he is safe and well.

“The whole family love Mark and all we are wanting is for him to make contact to state he is OK. We are appealing for anyone who might know where Mark is or who may of seen him to please contact police.”

Mr Reid is described as being of slim build, 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall with long hair, which may be combed back, and sometimes he wears a cap. He has name tattoos on his chest.

Coroner issues family appeal

The Teesside Coroner is appealing to trace the relatives of 77-year-old Trevor Gibson who was found dead at a property in Long Newton near Stockton on 13 July.

Cleveland Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and are asking relatives to contact the Coroner’s Office on 01642 729350.

Police force to auto-reply with domestic abuse warning

A police force is to start auto-replying to emails with a message about domestic abuse.

Anyone reporting an incident to Cleveland Police online or via telephone, where the force takes their email address, currently receives an automated email with details of their incident number, but a new message will also contain advice on domestic abuse.

Temporary domestic abuse Det Ch Insp Jayne Downes said: “We are seeing more and more crimes reported to us via our website and whether or not they involve domestic abuse, our automated reply should encourage victims to report incidents to police as well as remind other people that they can report on behalf of victims.

"It also reinforces that we will do all we can to bring perpetrators to justice.”

PCC candidate accused of "deafening silence" over ethics chief suspension

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Stuart Arnold

Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate says he has been busy helping with the coronavirus crisis after he was accused of a “deafening silence” over recent developments at Cleveland Police.

Dr Paul Williams was goaded by rival Tory candidate Steve Turner for failing to comment on the suspension of the force’s ethics and standards chief Christina Emsley and the spotlight he said it threw on the continued tenure of current PCC Barry Coppinger.

Ms Emsley has been suspended from her role at the force pending a misconduct investigation.

Dr Paul Williams at Harltepool Police Station

Dr Williams, the former MP for Stockton South, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “Over the last four months I’ve done 101 separate shifts as a doctor in the local NHS helping to tackle the covid emergency, but I did read about this suspension of [this] Cleveland Police employee.

“The chief constable must take whatever action is required to maintain high professional standards.

“Equally, though, any employee deserves a fair disciplinary process.”

Cleveland Police has confirmed the suspension of a senior member of police staff on June 26 and said suspension was a neutral act.

Third arrest in attempted murder probe

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man was stuck by a car in Hartlepool.

An investigation was launched following the incident on Saturday, in Romaine Park. The victim remains in hospital although his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The 31-year-old remains in custody awaiting questioning.

Two other men, age 21 and 30, have been released on conditional bail.

Councillor's windscreen smashed by motorbike vandals

Alex Metcalfe

Local Democracy Reporter

A Middlesbrough councillor has seen his family car windscreen smashed in an attack by motorbike-riding vandals.

The Volkswagen Polo was damaged at about 23:30 BST on Tuesday. The councillor, who wished to remain anonymous on account of fears for his family, said the area had been dogged by problems with scrambler bikes riding around late at night.

Smashed windscreen

The councillor said: “At the end of the day, this didn’t just happen because I’m an official, it happened because I’m fighting to stop motorbikes going up and down this estate all day long.”

After hearing of the councillor's plight, Gary Palmer of Palmers Windscreens fixed the windscreen for free.

Deputy mayor Antony High said: “Middlesbrough needs more Garys and less spineless cowards smashing windows in the night.”

Cleveland Police are investigating.

Child 'safeguarded' after police raid

A child has been "safeguarded" by police after raids on two houses in the Gresham area of Middlesbrough this morning.

Cleveland Police said there were "ongoing concerns" that the child was witnessing suspected criminal activity and was "vulnerable to further harm".

The raids were carried out by the force's new complex exploitation team which is looking to protect children who may be being "put into danger through criminal drug networks".

Det Con Rachel Hunter said: “We work with partners to identify children at risk and use the intelligence we have to understand the problem and use enforcement action to safeguard them. Often these young people aren’t able to speak out, so it’s important that we identify that they are victims and we speak-up for them.”

A 42-year-old woman and 49-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class C drugs after a quantity of zopiclone tablets were seized. They are in custody.

Retired inspector appointed chair of police commissioner scrutiny panel

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A retired chief inspector turned local councillor has been appointed chairman of the body that scrutinises Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Tony Riordan (pictured), who represents Norton West on Stockton Council, replaces councillor Norma Stephenson as chairman of the Police and Crime Panel for 2020-21.

Tony Riordan
Stockton Council

Redcar and Cleveland councillor Graham Cutler has replaced Middlesbrough councillor Matthew Storey as vice-chairman.

Mr Riordan was congratulated by Ms Stephenson and said: “I am looking forward to working with Mr Coppinger and the Chief Constable [Richard Lewis]. Together [the panel] will make sure that we support the commissioner and the chief in all our processes.”

The Police and Crime Panel is able to review Mr Coppinger’s Police and Crime Plan, can veto decisions and call both the police and crime commissioner and the chief constable to public hearings.