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Shameful. Cop in hospital and Children as young as 10 hurt as over 200 people fight at Boro Match 

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Senior police officers have condemned the disorder at today’s Middlesbrough vs. Sheffield United game and say that violence in football is completely unacceptable.

Children as young as ten have been injured in the disorder, which began just before the final whistle in the stadium, following a pitch invasion by some away fans.

The violence continued outside the ground in the coach car park, where in excess of 200 people were embroiled in the fighting.

A police officer has been injured and taken to hospital. Five people have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences and are in police custody; however arrests are expected to increase as the investigation unfolds.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “We will absolutely not tolerate violence of this nature and we will work to identify the offenders and bring them to justice

“The vast majority of fans accept that football is a family game, watched by children, parents and grandparents.

It’s terrifying for children to witness such violence, or be innocently embroiled in it as their parents frantically try to keep them safe.

“Unfortunately a small minority of people behave in a manner which puts innocent fans at risk.

We will be working closely with Middlesbrough Football Club and Sheffield United as part of our investigations.”

Anyone with information, or who may have any images that may help police with their investigations are asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

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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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