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35 suspected kerb crawlers arrested in Middlesbrough and Stockton.

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35 men were arrested during an operation targeting kerb crawlers in Middlesbrough and Stockton.
The operation took part on eleven nights over a four-week period in February and March.

In total, 35 men were arrested on suspicion of kerb crawling. So far, eight of these have been reported for summons, twenty have been cautioned with the condition that they take part in a one-day ‘Ur Choice’ course ran by Barnardo’s and others remain on bail pending further enquiries. Five have since been released without charge.

 Sergeant Paul Higgins, from Cleveland Police Licensing Support Unit, said: “We carried out this operation as a result of concerns raised by local residents in the Parkfield area of Stockton and the Gresham area of Middlesbrough.    

“We work closely with local agencies such as A Way Out and Barnardo’s to support these vulnerable women who feel that they have no other way to turn. There are services that are available to the women and we would encourage them to make contact with those services.

“Some of those who were arrested during the operation had already received convictions for kerb crawling and one man had even been convicted of violence against women. This highlights some of the danger that these women are facing.

“Our operation sends a strong message – do not travel to Cleveland to solicit sex and not expect to be caught.”

Stuart Higgins, from Barnardo’s SECOS, said: “Instead of focussing on the women involved in prostitution, Cleveland Police and Barnardo’s SECOS are addressing the other side of the equation – the men who solicit for sex on the streets. We do this through the ‘UR Choice’ programme which aims to educate men about the reality of sex workers’ lives and the consequences of their actions.

“The programme is offered to first time offenders with no previous serious convictions. It is a full seven-hour day and is delivered on a pass or fail basis with Barnardo’s SECOS project workers. We work by promoting understanding and empathy and showing how the behaviour of these men perpetuates a cycle of abuse.

 “Historically, kerb crawlers within Teesside would have been arrested, prosecuted and ‘named and shamed’. Unfortunately this has a massive effect on the men’s children and families, who have done nothing wrong. 

“So far 90 men have attended the course and to date we have had only one reoffender.” 

Chief Executive Officer, Jane Harmer, from A Way Out, said: “A Way Out engages with and supports highly vulnerable women, young people and families – many ‘trapped’ by substance misuse, sexual exploitation and homelessness – in order to improve health, wellbeing and safety through the provision of early intervention, prevention, recovery and crisis services.”

Further information about the support available can be found at: www.awayout.co.uk and www.barnardos.org.uk

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A19 closed northbound near hartlepool drivers advised to find another route

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Police were called to reports of a traffic incident involving one vehicle on the northbound side of the A19 near Hartlepool at about 2:40pm today (Thursday).

The northbound carriageway has been closed at the A179 junction to allow access for the Great North Air Ambulance.

The male driver has been taken to Hartlepool General Hospital with serious injuries.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

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North East hit by a blanket of snow many major routes covered

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Motorists are bring urged to take extra care across the North East as many major routes have been covered.

Heavy snow fall and strong winds have left the A1, A19, A66 & A1M covered in snow.

While many major routes in towns and cities have also been covered leaving many roads difficult to navigate.

Gritting across many areas has failed as the snow has created air pockets allowing the snow to rest on top.

Snow began falling at 11pm last night and is expected to continue until 9am this morning.

A number of schools, colleges and Universities are expected to announce they could be closed for the day. Make sure you check ahead before traveling.

Tweet your snow pictures @PoliceHour or add them to the comments section on Police Hour Facebook page.

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Missing Guardsman with the Scots Guards based at the Wellington Barracks

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Police are urgently searching for a missing Guardsman who is missing from his central London barracks.

Dean Rudman was last seen at around 21:40hrs on Tuesday, 9 January, leaving the All Bar One pub in Waterloo. He is believed to have travelled to Guildford by train.

He is a Guardsman with the Scots Guards, normally based at Wellington Barracks in Westminster. He is believed to have links to Canterbury and Durham.

Dean is from the North East and has many friends in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

He is described as white of slim build with dark hair, and a moustache. When last seen, he was wearing dark trousers and a dark jacket.

Dean’s family, friends and colleagues are very concerned by his disappearance, which is described as out of character.

He may be in the company of a female, described as white of slim build with long highlighted hair.

If anyone has any information as to Dean’s whereabouts, they are asked to call Westminster police on 07500 766462 or contact the charity Missing People via https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/

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