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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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Police name Steven John Willis following targeted murder

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Cleveland Police have this morning named Steven John Willis aged 27 following what is believed to have been a targeted murder.

Steven’s body was found in the road outside of his home in Meadowcroft Road, Normanby.

Locally Steven was also known as Steven Pickering or Picko. There have been floods of tributes on social media.

It is believed Steven was subjected to a violent and targeted attack.

Cleveland Police are currently holding five men in police custody on suspicion of murder.

Police received a 999 reporting a disturbance near Skippers Lane Normanby.

Crime scene investigators are combing the area following the death. Officers responded to the incident just after 10.30pm on April 16th.

It is believed all five men are being held at separate police stations

Local residents have told Police Hour that police have not yet conducted house to house enquires but police remain at the house on the corner of Meadowcroft Road.

The crime scene within the area bas been reduced and now centres around the front garden of Meadowcroft Road and the house in which Steven lived within.

The area in which the incident happened is a very quiet area.

Cleveland Police progressed the investigation very quickly initially announcing three arrests had been made all men aged 20, 22 and 31 all being held on suspicion or murder.

Later it was announced a fourth arrest had been made of a man aged 21.

A fifth arrest of another 21-year-old man was then made late on Tuesday evening.

All five men currently remain in police custody for questioning.

Cleveland Police have not released details surrounding the incident that unfolded however two people aged 17 and 44 are being treated at James Cook Hospital they are in a non-life threatening stable condition.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Cleveland Police on 101.

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Three arrested on suspicion of Murder in Middlesbrough

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of Murder following the discovery of a man in Middlesbrough.

Three men aged 20, 22 and 31 have all been arrested on suspicion of murder following reports of a disturbance near Skippers Lane Middlesbrough.

Crime scene investigators are combing the area following the death. Officers responded to the incident just after 10.30pm last night.

It is believed all three men are being held at separate police stations

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said “Three men, aged 20, 22 and 31, have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 27 year old man following an incident in Meadowcroft Road, Normanby at around 10.30pm last night (Monday 16th April).

“They remain in police custody awaiting questioning.  Inquiries into the incident are on- going and we would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact police via the 101 number quoting Event 66570.”

The focus of the investigation at the moment is on a car parked in the Middle Of Skippers Lane The Gazette On Teesside reporter Keane Duncan Tweeted.

If you have any information please contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Fatal collision West View road Hartlepool

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Police can now name the gentleman who sadly died after his car was in collision on West View Road in Hartlepool at around 1.45pm this afternoon (Thursday 12th April).

Hartlepool man Herbert Mark Ashley, 67, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Herbert leaves wife Ellen, adult children and grandchildren, and his family has this evening said they have been left devastated at his death and that he will be very sadly missed.

They have asked to be left in peace while they try to come to terms with what has happened.

Cleveland Police have said Our thoughts and sympathies remain with them at this very difficult time.

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