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  1. Former deputy head sentenced for indecent images

    A former deputy headteacher at a primary school in Middlesbrough has been handed a suspended prison sentence for possessing indecent images and videos of children.

    Richard Swinnerton had admitted three charges, during an appearance at Teesside Crown Court in September.

    He had previously resigned his post at the school and none of the charges related to his time there.

    The court was told that the now 31-year-old, from Coulby Newham, had suffered a "tragic fall from grace" and his reputation as a teacher was now in tatters.

    The judge sentenced him to ten months, suspended for two years, and he was ordered to sign the sex offender register, and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

    Richard Swinnerton
  2. Police arrest 'cannabis farm movers'

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after they were found reportedly moving cannabis farming equipment into a property in North Ormesby.

    Officers on patrol spotted the pair moving items from a van into an address on Beaumont Road on Monday evening.

    It is believed the property was being prepared for a future cannabis farm.

    The men, aged 28 and 30, are being questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and abstracting electricity.


    Sgt John Sproson, from Cleveland Police, said: “Local residents in the North Ormesby area have told us that they are concerned about drugs activity and we are patrolling the area to tackle the issue.

    "Yesterday, officers were in the right place at the right time."

  3. More than 50 Tory MPs call for 'road map' out of lockdown

    More than 50 MPs have written to the PM calling for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions in northern England, warning the region risks being "left behind".

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    The letter from the newly formed Northern Research Group said the pandemic threatened Boris Johnson's pledge to "level-up".

    They also called for an economic recovery plan for the region, arguing it had been hardest hit by the virus.

    No 10 said it was "committed to levelling up across the country".

    All the areas under the strictest restrictions of the government's three tier system, including South Yorkshire, are in the North or the Midlands.

  4. Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Rain spreading in from the southwest this morning will move through into the afternoon keeping things dull and wet, but it will begin to clear in the late afternoon.

    Tonight will see largely clear skies after some early lingering cloud in the evening clears:

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  5. Police warnings over trick or treating

    We're being urged to stay safe this Halloween, and reminded the rule of six applies outside.

    Traditionally a time for trick or treating, this year families are being urged to find new ways to celebrate.

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  6. No meeting before Wednesday on Tees Valley restrictions

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    No meetings have been arranged to discuss the Tees Valley moving into tighter Covid-19 restrictions before Wednesday, according to officials.

    The region is currently in tier two, high alert, stopping any indoor mixing of households.

    Last week saw no shift to the “very high” tier three, very high alert level – which would see more businesses shut – following discussions between the Government and health leaders.

    It is understood a meeting was held between public health leaders and the deputy chief medical officer to discuss the data and the Tees Valley’s virus situation late last week.

    Today, officials from the Tees Valley Combined Authority said there were no meetings planned before Wednesday, with nothing specific pencilled in on any tier three move.

    Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said he spoke to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week to request an extra “seven to ten days” to see whether the tier two restrictions were working or not in response to a “flattening” of Covid rates.

    An email was sent to Tees Valley council leaders from local Government minister Robert Jenrick late last week telling authorities there “may shortly be a need to move Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington into level three restrictions”. The message said a meeting to discuss the data between leaders and ministers was also lined up “ASAP”. However, no follow up message was sent.

  7. Police crack down on uninsured drivers

    BBC Radio Tees

    Police officers across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire will be cracking down on uninsured drivers this week.

    It's part of a national campaign which will see extra patrols taking place across the region.

    Any drivers found without insurance face having their vehicle seized, six points on their licence, a £300 fine and possible prosecution through court.

  8. Mobile Covid-19 testing sites around North Yorkshire

    Mobile testing units for people with symptoms of Covid-19 will be at several locations in North Yorkshire this week.

    Units will be in Selby, Harrogate, Skipton, Northallerton, Whitby, Sherburn in Elmet and Thornton le Dale.

    More information about the locations and times is available on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

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  9. Man runs from police after suspected stolen motorbike found

    A man fled the scene when police found this motorbike in Redcar at the weekend.

    The motorbike, which is believed to have been stolen from the Middlesbrough area, was seized by Redcar neighbourhoods officers on Saturday.

    A man ran away from police at Langthwaite Walk and inquiries are ongoing.

  10. Did you see this crash?

    Police are appealing for witnesses after two cars crashed in Middlesbrough earlier this month.

    The collision between a grey Mercedes A Class and a silver Vauxhall Corsa happened on Marton Burn Road on Saturday 10 October, at about 22:25.

    The female driver of the Corsa was treated for minor injuries at hospital before being allowed to go home.

    Marton Burn Road
  11. North Yorkshire Police in half-term travel warning

    Police in North Yorkshire have urged people from areas with the highest Covid-19 infection rates not to travel to the county in the October half-term.

    North Yorkshire Police car

    Officers are also asking parents to make sure they know where their children are during the break.

    The force said those in tier three areas such as South Yorkshire, Manchester and Lancashire should not travel for leisure reasons.

    Supt Mike Walker said they were asking for help in dealing with Covid-19.

    "North Yorkshire is notorious for providing a warm welcome to visitors," he said.

    "But at the moment, we would ask residents from tier three locations to please stay in their own area and help us with the containment of this virus."

    Officers said they had responded to several reports of young people being in breach of the "rule of six" in recent weeks, and that no enforcement action was needed.

    But with the half-term break approaching, they are highlighting the threat these types of gatherings pose to public health.

    Supt Walker said: "It's a trying time for everyone, including parents and children, but it's key that we remember the guidance and ensure that we don't have a momentary lapse in our resilience to beat this virus.

    "I would ask parents and carers to speak to their young people and remind them about the importance of following the guidance over the school holidays."

  12. Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

    Showers and cloud are likely for a time this afternoon, flowing in with brisk north-westerlies.

    The showers could be quite heavy. Drier and brighter conditions are expected to develop later.

    An isolated shower and patchy cloud will linger for a time, and may persist in some areas.

    Where skies clear, it will feel quite chilly as winds will ease overnight.

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  13. By Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium

    Neil Harris (left) with Neil Warnock

    Cardiff City fight back to draw with Middlesbrough and deny former manager Neil Warnock a winning return to the Welsh capital.

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