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Cleveland Police welcomes new recruits after a five year freeze

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Cleveland Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger have welcomed twenty-three new student police officers – bringing a five year recruitment freeze to an end.

They have begun a comprehensive two year training programme from Kirkleatham police office, where they will spend the first five months learning the ropes.

The training programme is based upon the National Policing Curriculum. Areas of learning include ethics and values, crime and investigations, planned operations and emergency procedures, community engagement and crime prevention, forensics and evidence gathering, public protection and intelligence and counter terrorism.

As well as classroom learning, the students will complete e-learning packages and undertake case study and practical scenarios. Students will receive regular individual assessments so they can track their progress.

This is followed by a ten week period spent with an allocated tutor, applying the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, then the probationers will go out on independent patrols.

The trainee officers will spend the majority of their time on response duties, thereby gaining experience from attending a huge variety of incidents.

Acting Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Constables to the Force; the majority of them are local people who were drawn to a career in policing to help their local communities.

“The policing environment has changed. There are demands from new crimes such as cyber and a drive to commit increased resources to identifying and responding to the most serious threat, risk and harm on our streets.

“The programme will enable the students to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities to perform the role of Constable effectively and efficiently.

“They will receive the best quality training from highly experienced professionals who will ensure they are more than prepared to deal with the many different scenarios our officers face every day.

“They will find their probation period varied, interesting and challenging and I wish each and every one of them the best of luck.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “This is great news for our communities that we have recruited new constables. The recruitment process is challenging, but allows for the best candidates to be given an opportunity to fulfil their dreams of becoming a police officer.

“They will all bring something unique to Cleveland Police – we gain the benefit of new faces, new ideas and new experiences to complement the excellent work already taking place across the Force.”

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Police take woman to court after smoking in car with children

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A female motorist is believed to be the first person on Teesside to be prosecuted for smoking while in a car with a child.

Police caught Joanne Jones on Christmas Eve smoking in her car on Union Street, Central Middlesbrough with two young children in a car.

Her registration number was recorded and when officers had a moment they called by her home and she admitted the offence of smoking in a car and was summoned to court.

Legislation was introduced in October 2015 banning anyone smoking in a car with children inside.

Joanne Jones attended court and she received a £120 fine, it is believed only a hand full of people have been convicted since the law came into force.

Only one driver was convicted in its first year within the Northumbria Police area and the second person to be convicted is believed to be Joanne Jones of York Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

She was fined at Teesside Magistrates court and ordered to pay £85 court costs and £30 charges.

The case was held behind closed doors making the circumstances of the case unclear.

The case was dealt with by a magistrate and a legal advisor and was not held in public.

The case was not heard in an open court and members of the press were not allowed to attend.

This only is permitted if the case can be proved in the absence or when a guilty plea has been provided.

Defendants are absent, while the public and the press cannot attend.

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Flat Fire in Hartlepool sparks a multi-agency response

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Emergency services in Hartlepool launched a multi-agency response following reports of a fire above the towns popular conservatory restaurant on a busy Saturday night.

They closed an area of Hartlepool Marina to allow them to deal with the incident, while other businesses within a safe distance remained open.

Hugh plumes of smoke could be seen billowing out the window of the flat to the rear of the restaurant, Emergency services acted quickly and evacuated the restaurant underneath.

But the incident sparked a huge emergency response for your average two-storey flat fire, a number of incident response ambulances descended to the scene along with emergency ambulances, paramedics, fire appliances and a number of response cops to support with a large cordon that was put in place.

Seven fire engines, four ambulances and five police cars remained on the scene for over 2 hours, with a huge cordon in place, but the fire itself was quickly under control and one person was rushed to hospital. No one else was injured.

Emergency services responded to the multi-agency incident at approximately 7.30 pm with Cleveland Police later confirming the incident related to a flat fire.

A police cordon was put in place and a number of people were evacuated from the Conservatory which is below the flat that caught fire.

An Emergency command centre arrived at the scene to coordinate the incident response and remained there for over 2 hours.

Just a short distance from the incident other businesses remained open as usual with many of those out enjoying a Saturday evening on the Marina wondering exactly what was happening

Cleveland Police have released a statement ” Police were called by Fire Brigade colleagues this evening to assist with a fire at a block of flats known as Abdeil House on Slake Terrace in Hartlepool at 7:30pm.

“One man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries but no other injuries are believed to have been caused.

“The fire is not thought to be suspicious.”

“Please avoid the pedestrian area surrounding the building at this time. We would like to thank the community nearby for their co-operation while emergency services deal with the situation.”

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Did you celebrate New Years Eve Spensley’s Emporium? If so police may want to speak to you!

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Did you go to Spensley’s Emporium on December 31st? Do you know anyone or do you appear in these CCTV screen grabs? If so you need to contact Cleveland Police Now!

Cleveland Police investigating a rape which occurred in the early hours of December 31st at Spensley’s Emporium on Albert Road, Middlesbrough believe the man shown in the footage released last week may have connections in Birmingham.

Cleveland Police have told Police Hour that “The rape occurred between 2:30am and 3:30am on the morning of New Year’s Eve when a woman in her early twenties was raped in the woman’s toilets.”

They added that “It is believed the man shown in the released footage may have connections in Birmingham.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who may recognise themselves In the footage to get in contact with Cleveland Police at the earliest opportunity.

“if you were in or around Spensley’s Emporium from 1.00am up until closing at 3.50am and haven’t spoken to police – again, please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information can contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting crime reference SE17236137 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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