Cleveland Police

  1. 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.

    Van

    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."

  2. 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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  3. £100,000 worth of cannabis seized

    A cannabis farm with a crop estimated to be worth about £100,000 has been found by police in Thornaby.

    Cleveland Police raided a property on Stirling Way on Wednesday morning.

    Cannabis plants

    Acting Sgt Mitch Baldwin said: “Today's warrant was a success and we have seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs from the streets of our communities.

    “The warrant was carried out as a result of intelligence received from the public and I would like to thank them for coming forward."

  4. Police dispersal order issued

    Cleveland Police has issued dispersal orders for two areas of Middlesbrough which came into force at 17:00 yesterday.

    The orders cover Thorntree Park and Trimdon Avenue Shops for 48 hours.

    A force spokeswoman said they were put in place to prevent antisocial behaviour and crime and give the police the power to disperse large groups of youths from the areas.

    "Anyone who does not comply or returns to the area within 48 hours can be arrested," the spokeswoman said.

  5. Reward offered for information on man who disappeared 28 years ago

    A reward of £10,000 has been offered for information over the disappearance of Steven Clark, from Marske.

    Mr Clark, who was 23 years old, was last seen at 15:00 on Monday 28 December 1992 near the pier in Saltburn during a family walk.

    He went to use the gents’ toilets on the promenade, and his mum went into the ladies’ at the same time, but he was never seen coming out of the toilets and did not return home.

    Cleveland Police says a witness has since come forward to say they believe they saw Steven near to his home the same day, between 15:00 and 16:00.

    He walked with a pronounced limp as a result of being hit by a truck when he was a child.

    Mr Clark's parents, Doris and Charles Clark, have been arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

    Steven Clark
    Quote Message: After all these years, it’s so sad to think that no one has come forward to say exactly what happened to this young man.
    Quote Message: We are hoping that someone who may have been sitting on information about Steven’s murder will now have the courage to do the right thing and tell us anonymously about who is responsible for Steven’s untimely and unsolved death." from Ruth McNee Crimestoppers
    Ruth McNeeCrimestoppers
  6. Witnesses sought after crash

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Stockton yesterday.

    A blue Volkswagen crashed into two vehicles, one a parked white Transit van, at about 20:45 BST on Darlington Back Lane but failed to stop at the scene, driving off towards Roseworth, Cleveland Police said.

    Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have dash cam footage or further information, is asked to contact PC Matthew Burdess on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 172083.

  7. Arrest over 'bags of drugs' seizure

    A man has been arrested after almost 70 bags of suspected drugs were seized.

    The 19-year-old was stopped by officers in the Newport area of Middlesbrough who carried out a search.

    It uncovered 68 bags of what are suspected class A drugs and one bag of suspected class B drugs.

    He was questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and producing class B drugs and was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

    Suspected drugs
  8. Suspected drugs seized and two arrested in Middlesbrough

    Two people have been arrested in Middlesbrough after Cleveland Police dog Alfie (pictured below) discovered suspected amphetamine.

    Officers executed a warrant at an address on Palmer Street this morning and seized suspected drugs.

    It followed community concerns around possible exploitation.

    A 33-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, both are in custody while investigations continue.

    Alfie, Cleveland Police dog
  9. Fireworks hurled at firefighters tackling arson attacks

    Fireworks were hurled at firefighters at they attended a series of blazes in Redcar. Wheelie bins were set alight and several fires were also started at a nearby field in the Micklow Close area of the town.

    A warning has been issued to local youths and their parents, following the incident on Tuesday and a dispersal order is in place.

    Insp Neil Deluce, from Cleveland Police, said: “Local people have enough to deal with due to Coronavirus without having to live with this blatant criminality and vandalism.

    Quote Message: “We know that it’s gangs of young people causing this damage and they must go home to their parents smelling of smoke" from Insp Neil Deluce Cleveland Police
    Insp Neil DeluceCleveland Police
    Fire engine

    Redcar is currently in tier two in terms of coronavirus restrictions, which allow no more than six people from different households to meet together outside, which can result in fines being handed out.

    Steve Johnson, from Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "These thoughtless actions of a minority indicates a total lack of respect for anything or anyone, putting firefighters and the wider community at risk and potentially preventing us from attending life-saving incidents where we may need to rescue people."

    Anyone with information about those responsible should contact police.

  10. Arrest after drugs and money seizure

    A man has been arrested and a quantity of cannabis seized during a raid in Stockton.

    Money and mobile phones, believed to be used for drugs activity, were also taken from a property on Grove Street on Monday.

    Cleveland Police said a 26-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, and later released while investigations continue.

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  11. Robbers threaten worker with baseball bat

    Two men who stole cash from a store in Stockton are being sought by police.

    The Oxbridge Mini Market on Oxbridge Lane was targeted at 06:55 BST on Saturday by two men whose faces were covered by balaclavas.

    They threatened a worker with what is believed to be a baseball bat, and took a large amount of cash, before leaving the scene in a black Vauxhall.

    The store worker was not physically harmed although he was left extremely shaken.

    Witnesses or people with dash cam or CCTV footage of the area are asked to contact Cleveland Police.

  12. Man arrested after haul of counterfeit goods seized

    A man's been arrested in Middlesbrough after officers recovered a large amount of fireworks, counterfeit clothing and cash.

    Officers went to an address on Pennistone Road yesterday and found the illegal and counterfeit goods.

    A 32-year-old man's being questioned, while investigations continue.

    Officers with seized fireworks and counterfeit goods

    Police says with organised fireworks displays being cancelled this year because of the pandemic, they'll continue to target people using fireworks in an antisocial manner.

    They're urging anyone who may know where fireworks may be illegally stored and sold within the community to call Cleveland Police on 101.

  13. Man who punched child in face wanted by police

    A man punched a 12-year-old girl in the face, police say.

    The attack happened on Saturday 26 September between the Cosmopolitan pub on Durham Street and St Hilda's Church in the Headland

    The girl suffered bruising and swelling to her face. The man is being sought by officers.

    Scene of alleged attack
  14. Watchdog returns to Cleveland Police to check progress

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Alex Metcalfe

    After a damning inspection of Cleveland Police last year, a watchdog is to check if the force has turned itself around.

    Last September the force was the first to be judged inadequate in all areas by HM Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services, with the report finding it was failing to prevent crime, not investigating cases properly and putting vulnerable adults and children at risk.

    Efforts to turn Cleveland Police around have been continuing and the police and crime panel has heard how the inspectorate will be carrying out an “integrated vulnerability inspection” next month to check on its progress.

    Figures prepared for the panel showed the force had improved its arrest rates for domestic abuse.

    The number of victims of domestic abuse withdrawing from help has also moved from “among the highest in the country” to well below the national average, and the average for similar sized forces.

    The report added the journey to improve would be “challenging” and would take a long time.

    Quote Message: In November, we welcome HMICFRS back to the force which will aim to verify the improvements that have been reported." from Lisa Oldroyd Interim Cleveland police and crime commissioner
    Lisa OldroydInterim Cleveland police and crime commissioner
  15. Police issue firework misuse warning

    Cleveland Police has expressed concern following more than 20 reports of firework misuse since the beginning of the month.

    It has warned of the dangers, and issued a reminder on the law of buying and using them.

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  16. Urgent appeal to help trace missing teenage boy

    Police are urgently appealing for help to trace missing Thomas Lockwood, 14, who was last seen on Catcote Road in Hartlepool at around 21:00 last night.

    Thomas is a white male and of slim build and was last seen wearing black joggers and a black coat.

    He has connections in the Longfellow Walk and Rift House Farm areas of Hartlepool.

    Thomas Lockwood