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Nine greyhounds muzzled and thrown into the North Sea

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The RSPCA is warning that images of a greyhound being thrown into the sea is not an isolated incident and have launched an investigation.

A local Facebook page released the images on Thursday which showed a man throwing a dog into the North Sea during windy and freezing conditions.

Members of the public have both supported and defended the actions of the individual captured within the image.

Hartlepool News & Alerts released an image which showed a dog being held over the north sea moments before it was dropped into the water.

The RSPCA have now told Police Hour they believe the incident is ‘Not Isolated’ and have launched a pro-active investigation.

RSPCA launch investigation

They are now investigating a report that three men were seen dragging nine muzzled greyhounds along the pier and then throwing them 4ft into the sea and dragging them back out of the sea again and repeating the process.

The RSPCA has said “We are still making enquiries after we received a report that a group of men with a number of dogs were seen in Hartlepool repeatedly throwing one of the dogs a greyhound into the water last Thursday, November 2. An inspector attended the scene but the group were no longer there. Since then we have been contacted by a member of the public who provided photos of what appears to be a man throwing a greyhound into the water the week before, on

“An inspector attended the scene but the group were no longer there. Since then we have been contacted by a member of the public who provided photos of what appears to be a man throwing a greyhound into the water the week before, on Thursday, October 26.”

Please stop this Cruelty 

Hundreds of people have left comments on the Hartlepool News & Alerts Facebook page reacting to the shocking image.

Julie Allen commented, “This is a cruel act the picture shows it all the poor dog will probably drown with shock please stop this cruelty!”

Jennifer Berry said “Maybe someone should tie a rope around them and throw them into the North Sea leave them just long enough to let the fear get to them that they are going to drown and die then drag them back out”

While Annie Bush added “What is wrong with some people. people think it is ok to be this cruel”

Venessa Pagan said “need the electric chair or to be hung what they did years ago”

Method of Training

A number of people confirmed that this was a method of training the Greyhounds to ensure they are able to strengthen their legs without the risk of a splint, they are apparently tied to a safety rope and walked back up the pier on the guide rope to ensure they are able to safely exit the water.

Mark Ellett supported the actions commenting that “In all fairness, I think those people could be greyhound trainers, making the dogs swim to strengthen their legs without the risk of a splint by running them”

Carl Foster added “It’s tied to a rope seen them do it loads of times. The tide is always bad in the north sea in the summer there in with the dogs walking along why the dogs swim beside them.

Kailee Carter, in conclusion, added “It’s not a proper method of training racing dogs. Proper trainers use swimming pools that are temperature regulated. Training greyhounds using swimming isn’t that common actually anymore as it was found to not be very effective. That man in that picture whether training for racing or not clearly doesn’t care about the welfare of the animal. And I cant see it winning many races if it is being trained for that”

Anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents or may have more information should contat the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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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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