New Year Honours across Teesside and County Durham

Thomas Jonathan Stoddart
Image caption Mr Stoddart has been recognised for his services to the police

Three members of North East police forces have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Thomas Jonathan Stoddart, chief constable of Durham Police, has been appointed OBE for services to the police.

Jacqueline Cheer, the temporary chief constable of Cleveland Police, has been awarded a Queen's Police Medal.

David Pickering have been appointed MBE for his services to Cleveland Constabulary.

Mr Stoddart said: "I was very surprised, smashing for the force, really. The award is recognition of their achievements as much as my own.

"We've been through a massive amount of change over the last two or three years and we are achieving so much more now than we were before, with fewer staff in difficult times."

Mr Stoddart received the Queen's Police Medal in 2007.

Children's homes

Mrs Cheer, who joined Cleveland Police in October as a temporary chief constable, commanded the high-profile investigation into the murders of five women in Ipswich in 2006.

The president of the charity Break is among other people in the North East who have been honoured.

Geoffrey Mackenzie Davison, from Bishop Auckland, has been appointed an OBE for services to children.

Break helps vulnerable people in Norfolk. The charity provides a variety of services including homes for children and young adults, as well as mental health services.

George Davies, from Stockton, the chair of governors at Egglescliffe School in County Durham, has been appointed MBE for services to education.

Denise Rowland, from Peterlee, the former head at School of Early Years Health and Social Care, New College Durham, has been appointed MBE for services to further education.

And Philip John Thickett, from Darlington, the former area operations manager east at Northern Rail, has been appointed MBE for services to the rail industry.