are appealing to trace 12 outstanding pocket watches which were taken in a
burglary from an elderly man’s home.
The man returned home from a stay in a care home to find that his property had
been burgled and his collection of pocket watches stolen.
The pocket watches are believed to have been taken to a second hand/pawn shop in Stockton town centre and were sold for £2.99 each.Officers are appealing to locate the watches and return them to the man.
Arrest after teen street stabbing
A teenager has been arrested after another teenager was stabbed in a Billingham Street.
The 17-year-old was taken to hospital suffering from a stab would following an incident which is believed to have taken place on Cheviot Crescent at about 04:00 BST on Thursday.
Cleveland Police said a 19-year-old was being questioned on suspicion of section 18 wounding with
A spokesman said enquiries were ongoing and anyone with information was asked to contact the force.
Two men were seen on CCTV walking on Park Road South just after 02:00 GMT on 11 December and it is believed they could have seen Natalie in the area of Albert Park.
On the footage, one man is walking near to Albert Park towards Linthorpe Road before another man with a bike meets up with him and they walk together.
Deputy Senior Investigating Officer Leigh Dack said: “We know that Natalie walked on Park Road South towards Albert Park at around 23:38 on 10 December and it is possible that these men may have seen her in and around that area after that time.
“We would encourage them to come forward because they might have seen something that is the missing piece of the jigsaw."
More arrests and cash seized during organised crime crackdown
Police have arrested three men and seized £20,000 as part of an ongoing crackdown on organised crime across the north-east of England.
Warrants were executed at addresses across Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool as Operation Venetic continued.
Police arrested three men, aged 32, 33 and 35, on suspicion of supplying drugs in dawn raids yesterday during searches of properties on Bishop Rock Drive and Pennine Way in Newcastle, Abingdon Road and Gresham Road in Middlesbrough and Iber Grove in Hartlepool.
A total of £20,000 of suspected criminal cash was also seized.
In total since the operation started in March, the North East has seen more than £1.5m cash seized, as well as 80kg of cocaine, amphetamine, MDMA and Ketamine.
A 13-year-old girl was injured when she was assaulted in a Stockton park, police said.
It happened on Monday night when a large group of youths gathered in a cut next to the Rosedale Centre, in Bishopsgarth Park.
The girl was pushed to the ground, causing grazing to her knees, and was punched or kicked in the back, Cleveland Police said.
PC Hannah Parkin said: "We are aware that there have been videos circulating on social media, apparently taken by youths who were gathered at Bishopsgarth Park at the time of the incident."We want to make clear that assaults like this one will not be tolerated and anyone who may be able to help the investigation is strongly urged to come forward and speak with police."
City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, which secured more than £33m, said: "This investment will strengthen
our digital infrastructure, improve learning spaces within our schools and
colleges, support businesses and create new walking and cycling infrastructure.
"It will help our effort to make South Yorkshire stronger, greener and fairer as
we build back from COVID."
Leader of Leeds City Council Judith
Blake, which was awarded £18m, said: “We are delighted to
receive this funding as it will allow us to press ahead with three shovel-ready
schemes in Leeds.
"These are all projects that will help reduce our city’s
carbon impact and help the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."
A man has admitted killing student Bethany Fields, who was stabbed in the street in Huddersfield.
Paul Crowther pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 21-year-old Ms Fields, from Leeds, who died in the town's Fitzwilliam Street in September.
At Leeds Crown Court, Crowther entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder.
The case was adjourned until 21 August and Crowther of Elm Way, Birstall, West Yorkshire, was remanded in custody.
The student's family in a statement after her death that she was "a daughter, who any parent would have been proud of, much loved and respected by all; family, friends, work colleagues and fellow students".
Ms Fields, an environmental geography student at the University of York, was also described as "the brightest star of them all".
Cleveland Police appoint new deputy chief constable
Helen McMillan has been appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
She joins the force from Northumbria Police, where she is currently an Assistant Chief Constable.
Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Helen is joining Cleveland Police at a time of real change and real improvement and will play a huge role in driving forward the improvements we need to make to support our communities.
She's worked for Cleveland Police before two years ago as temporary Deputy Chief Constable, and before this, in 1996 she became the first female Chief Officer in Durham Constabulary’s 177-year-old history.
Helen will be a key part of delivering on our vision, set when I became Chief Constable in 2019, to ‘deliver outstanding policing for our communities."
Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown
BBC Look North
New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.
The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.
We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:
As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.
At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.
Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.
The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.
The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.
At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.
"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.
"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."
Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."
Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.
This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:
'Biggest' zero emissions bus fleet takes shape in York
The creation of what's said to be the biggest zero emission park and ride bus fleet in the UK has got under way in York today.
The first three all-electric double decker buses have arrived at the city's Park & Ride network at Askham Bar.
First Bus and City of York Council have teamed up in an investment said to be worth more than £9m.
The Metrodecker EV vehicles, manufactured by Optare at Sherburn-in-Elmet, are the beginning of a 21-strong order which will replace existing diesels.
First says: "Each bus saves almost 1kg of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometre travelled, which it's estimated will mean a saving of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year when the fleet is complete."
The buses are the first new vehicles to be introduced by First Bus anywhere in the country since it announced it intends to achieve a zero carbon fleet by 2035.
Marc Bichtemann, managing director of First York, said: “This is an important stage in our shared ambition to expand sustainable transport in the city.”
Delivery of the fleet of 21 double-deckers is expected to be completed by the end of September.
Teenagers robbed at knife-point for mobile phones
A man's been arrested after a group of 13-year-olds where threatened with a knife in a park and had their mobile phones stolen.
The robbery happened at Fairy Dell, in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough on Tuesday, at around 20:30 BST.
Police said a man approached the group of four teenagers, threatened them with a knife before stealing three mobile phones and cash.He then ran off towards the crossing near Tesco at the Parkway Centre.A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of class A drugs.
Cleveland Police is urging anyone who saw what happened to get in touch, to help the investigation.