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Grange Road in Hartlepool is currently closed following a collision

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A main route in Hartlepool has this morning been closed due to a collision involving two vehicles.

Emergency services responded to a call at approximately 10am are currently on Scene and are expected to remain there for a number of hours.

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The Wesley Nightclub in Hartlepool is ablaze

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An area of Hartlepool town centre has been closed as flames rip through the former Wesley nightclub.

Police and Fire Fighters were quickly on the scene of the blaze at the former Wesley Nightclub and Chruch in Hartlepool.

The Grade II Listed Building has stood empty for a number of years and is a very iconic building within Hartlepool.

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Trevor Sherwood Police Hour editor said “The flames are reaching 20ft in the air and a large number of fire appliances are on the scene loud explosions can be heard from inside the building”

“I arrived on scene just before the first fire appliance  got there, loud bangs could be heard from inside and the fire quickly took hold”

“It was over 30 minutes before Cleveland Fire could get a hose safely on the building as they needed an aerial platform”.

Hugh flames can be seen for several miles as firefighters tackle the blaze. It took Firefighters almost 30 minutes before they were able to get a hose onto the fire which seemed to be mainly on the roof of the building with flames up to 20ft.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.

The Wesley Chruch opened n 1872 and became an iconic image within Hartlepool sadly the church closed in 1973 and later reopened as a nightclub in the early 2000s and then later a gym complex.

The business was closed and has been empty for over 10 years left to fall to bits with many people within Hartlepool hoping the building could be brought back to life.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was alerted to the fire just after 9pm and with a large number of fire appliances being sent the scene.

Cleveland Police assisted the fire brigade by enforcing a number of road closures on Victoria Road and Raby Road.

We have contacted Cleveland Fire Brigade for comment.

Members of the public are being warned to keep their windows shut as thick smoke is billowing across the centre of Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police have released a statement “Officers have been called to a report of a fire at an empty building known as the Wesley Nightclub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool on Saturday 9th December”

“Police are currently on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.”

“Victoria Road and Wesley Square are currently closed and people are advised to avoid these areas until further notice.”

Anyone who may have witnessed what happened leading up to the fire is requested to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Urgent appeal Heman Mohammed Tahir wanted in connection with Rape of girl aged 16

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Detectives have released an image of the man they want to speak to in connection with a rape.

Police want to speak to him after a 16-year-old girl was raped in Hartlepool.

Cleveland Police now say they want to speak to 24-year-old Heman Mohammed Tahir is believed to have left the Cleveland area and travelled to London but his whereabouts are unknown.

The incident is reported to have happened overnight on Tuesday 26th September into Wednesday 27th September at The Windmill in Dalton Piercy, Hartlepool.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Two people arrested in darlington on suspicion of modern slavery

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Durham Police have arrested two people on suspicion of slavery offences following Darlington raid

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of committing modern slavery offences.

cops raided the ‘Best Hand Car Wash’ on Yarm Road, Darlington on Wednesday, December 6th and arrested two men, aged 21 and 26. They are currently in police custody.

Five suspected slavery victims were found working at the car wash. The men have been taken to a victim reception centre where they will be supported by specially trained officers and other agencies.

The raid was carried out by Durham Constabulary, with support from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) who detained the men on suspicion of offences under the Modern Slavery Act.

It is the first operation of its kind in Darlington and forms part of Operation Sledgehammer, the force’s long-running campaign to tackle serious and organised crime.

Detective Sergeant Tonya Cook, from Durham Constabulary’s safeguarding team, led the investigation. “As a force, we take allegations of modern slavery extremely seriously and are committed to investigating and tackling the exploitation of vulnerable people,” she said.

“Modern slavery is an emerging threat nationally. We are working with our partners to tackle this complex type of crime and are committed to supporting those who are victims.

“However, we also need to ask the community to consider where they spend their money. Modern slavery is happening in plain sight here in County Durham and Darlington and takes many different forms – think about where you get your car washed or where you get your nails done.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for potential victims, and I would urge anyone who has any concerns about activity relating to people being exploited in this way to report it to us.”

Dave Powell, senior investigating officer for the GLAA said: “Today’s action illustrates the approach taken to tackling modern slavery across the UK is now built upon a strong alliance between law enforcement and other agencies.

“Working in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers is at the heart of what we do and the GLAA is committed to doing all it can to help eradicate these illegal working practices that cause such misery.”

Following the raid, the premises was secured and further enquiries were conducted by representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, North East Regional Special Operations Unit, Northumbrian Water and immigration officers.

Support was also provided by Darlington Borough Council and the British Red Cross who worked in partnership with the police and GLAA to run the victim reception centre.

John Morris, British Red Cross director of independent living and emergency response in the North of England, said: “The Red Cross was asked by Durham Constabulary to provide practical and emotional support to anyone evacuated as a result of this operation, in a place of safety.

“Our trained staff and volunteers were on hand to provide emotional support, as well as practical necessities such as clothing, refreshments and first aid.

“The Red Cross works alongside emergency services across the UK to help those in crisis.”

County Durham and Darlington Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg, said: “No one should have to suffer at the hands of gangmasters. I am really pleased to see the victims being brought to safety and given the advice they need.”

Anyone with concerns about modern slavery happening in their area should call Durham Constabulary on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

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