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Large Scale Emergency Services Exercise what is it all about?

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Residents across Stockton are being told not to be alarmed by scenes of a major incident on Tuesday 14th June, as the Local Resilience Forum gears up for one of the largest outdoor emergency exercises to take place in the town.

Exercise Trafalgar sees agencies come together to test response plans against an unknown emergency scenario at a ‘secret location’ within Stockton Town Centre. Other than knowing a live exercise will take place, senior officers and executives are being kept in the dark about its nature to ensure that the response is as real as possible.

Agencies such as Cleveland Police, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, North East Ambulance Service, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Stockton Riverside College and Thirteen Housing Group have all been involved in the months of planning.

Stockton Riverside College and SRC Bede Sixth Form students will form an integral part of the exercise. Public Services students will be role play acting as casualties in the incident and Production Arts students will work with Amputees in Action supporting the set-up of the scene. Construction students are building realistic sets to keep agencies guessing during the live play of the exercise while catering students provide refreshments and TV and film students will capture footage on the day.

Members of the public can see the exact location on the day of the exercise through social media using ‪#‎clevelandLRF‬, on police and partner Facebook pages, or via local media.

Chair of Cleveland Local Resilience Forum, Phil Lancaster, said: “This exercise will stringently test the skills of our emergency services and the plans we have in place to deal with major incidents. We have highly professional and competent teams working in Cleveland keeping the area safe.

“This exercise gives us the opportunity to test our plans against realistic scenarios so that we can be confident that when we have to deal with major emergencies, responders are prepared.

“Stockton Town Centre will be a hive of activity during the exercise but the exact location must be kept a secret to make the scenario as real as possible. The exercise has been months in the planning and I would like to thank all the partners involved for their fantastic work.”

The exercise will take place late afternoon and into the evening and there may be some road closures in place, which will be communicated later today.

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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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