Cleveland Police

Michael Phillips murder inquiry: 51-year-old man arrested

An 11th man has been arrested after a man was killed in Hartlepool earlier this month.

Michael Phillips, 39, suffered "significant" injuries at a property on Rydal Street on 10 June, police said.

This morning a 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, and currently remains in custody.

Two men aged 31 and 54 have been charged with murder and have appeared at court.

Seven other men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, with six released while investigations continue and one released with no further action.

A 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released under investigation.

Michael Phillips
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BreakingMiddlesbrough murder victim named

Police have named a man who was killed in Middlesbrough on Thursday as 49-year-old Colin Brady.

He died after suffering significant injuries on Keith Road in Middlesbrough

Jessica Breeze, 19, from Lunebeck Walk, Thornaby, has appeared before magistrates charged with murder and was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.

Police van outside Keith Road, Middlesbrough

Police recover '£250,000 cannabis haul' in Middlesbrough

Cannabis farm
Cleveland Police

Police have recovered cannabis with a street value of £250,000 from three neighbouring addresses in Middlesbrough.

The three cannabis farms were discovered yesterday morning after officers executed a drugs warrant at an address on Marton Road.

A total of 290 plants were recovered.

Det Con Mark Coverdale, from the Community Drugs Enforcement Team, said: “Police will act on information received through community intelligence, and would ask that anyone who has information regarding drugs activity in their local area contacts Cleveland Police on 101.”

A 33-year-old man has been charged with production of cannabis and a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

He has been released while inquiries continue.

Ex-police officer denies child sex offences

A "devious and manipulative" former police officer who was determined to "engage in sexualised behaviour with young girls" repeatedly raped one victim after plying her with alcohol, a court heard.

Teesside Crown Court was told how David Waller groomed underage victims, bragging to one about his job with the police and owning a BMW in order to get her into his bedroom, where they allegedly had sex.

A jury heard the 33-year-old, who served with Cleveland Police between 2006 and 2010, acted in "abuse of his position as a police constable" by having a sexual relationship with a complainant who had reported being threatened by her ex-partner's mother.

David Waller

Prosecutors explained how Waller met his alleged victims through his role with the force, his capacity as a flying instructor and through various theatre groups.

The charges against him date from December 2004 to April 2016 and involve a total of eight complainants, jurors have been told.

Waller, of Autumn Grove, Stockton, denies three counts of causing or inciting underage girls to engage in sexual activity, and three of meeting or attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

He has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child, and one of sexual assault, as well as a charge of misconduct in a public office.

His trial, which is expected to last four weeks, continues.

Heavy rainfall causes police HQ leak

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Metcalfe

Cleveland Police’s new £20m headquarters has sprung a leak.

Persistent heavy rain has fallen on Teesside for the past 48 hours, and the sheer volume took its toll on the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington yesterday.

It is understood the leak is only minor and has not affected any operational activities.

The state-of-the-art headquarters officially opened last summer after the force moved out of its 1970s office block on Ladgate Lane due to soaring running costs of about £1m a year. It sold the land near Marton for almost £17.8m to help pay for the new hub.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands the direction of rainfall was a factor in the leak and that patching repairs will be carried out by contractors today.

BreakingFather and daughter die in car crash

A father and daughter have been killed in a car crash in Guisborough.

Michael Liddell, 68, from Moorsholm died in the crash at the junction of Middlesbrough Road and the A171 at about 12:00 yesterday.

He was in the back of a black Hyundai being driven by his daughter Sarah Liddell, 41, from Marske.

She was seriously hurt and died in hospital this morning.

The 18-year-old man driving the other car, a blue BMW, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Cleveland Police is appealing for witnesses.

Sarah Liddell
Family photograph