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Attempted Rape near Teesside University Campus

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Detectives are making a further appeal to trace a number of people who could potentially assist with an investigation into an attempted rape in Middlesbrough.
The incident took place on Sunday morning, 4th October, between 4am and 4.30am on Whitfield Avenue, a path that runs off Angle Street close to Marton Road. 

The victim was approached by the suspect close to a Royal Cars taxi rank on Marton Road and she walked with the male from Park Vale Road onto Angle Street and then onto Whitfield Avenue, where the offence took place. The victim was left with minor injuries which did not require treatment.

Officers have previously appealed to trace a man who was stood close to the Royal Cars taxi rank, near to the junction of Martin Road and Southfield Road when the 42-year-old female victim was approached by the suspect. 
This man could have vital information which could greatly assist officers with the inquiry. He is described as a white male, aged in his late forties to early fifties, of medium build with ‘short back and sides’ hair style and wearing blue jeans and a red top. Officers would like this man to contact them.  

It is believed that two cyclists were also in the area of Marton Road near to the junction with Southfield Road around the time of the incident and officers would also appeal to these people to contact them.
Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King, from Cleveland Police Major Crime Team, said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank those members of the public who have responded to our appeals for CCTV – this is very useful to the investigation and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
“I’d also like to make an appeal to any motorists who were in the area around the time of the incident. It is believed that a car pulled up close to where the incident took place and this disturbed the suspect. 
“Anyone who may have information regarding this incident or the person responsible is asked to contact police.”
The suspect is described as a white male, aged 25-27 years old, around 5ft 8” tall, English speaking with possibly an Eastern-European accent, blonde hair which was parted and styled with gel with shaven sides and medium or athletic build. 
He was wearing a navy blue, shiny waist-length jacket fastened with a zip to the top, grey or blue jeans and bright white Nike Air Max trainers. 

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact DI Matt Murphy-King from Cleveland Police Major Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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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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