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Increased violence on Teesside following several shooting incidents

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There has been an increased in violent incidents on the streets of Stockton & Norton in recent weeks.

Local residents are worried that the violent acts in which firearms have been discharged will continue, they fear someone will be killed.

Armed officers have had their work cut out in recent weeks following a shooting outside a postoffice, a shooting outside a house in norton and a car was rammed into a house.

Police believe a shotgun was used in both shootings, thankfully there have been no reported injuries but it is feared if the police are unable to stop these incidents they will increase.

The incidents have all been linked and it could be related to a feud, cops have arrested a number of people they believe are responsible but the evidence is not currently strong enough to have anyone held in custody.

Cleveland Police have now said ‘enough is enough’ but are there enough cops to defuse the situation?

Police want to make it crystal clear that enough is enough following the increasingly violent incidents.

Cleveland Police have pulled officers from other areas of the force and cancelled officers rest days to ensure a number of extra officers are within Stockton and Norton to provide reassurance.

They believe this will make it “absolutely clear to those involved that such reckless criminality will not be tolerated”.

At just after 1pm on Wednesday 9th May a car was parked outside the Post Office on Londonderry Road in Stockton with three people inside.

“While it was parked, a motorbike pulled alongside with two people on it. One of the people on the bike produced what is thought to have been a shot gun and fired a single shot into the side door of the car, denting it but otherwise causing no harm.

The bike was then ridden away.

Subsequently, a man was arrested in relation to this and is currently on bail.

Stockton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Marc Anderson said: “We are now a few days on from the event on Londonderry Road and since then we have had constant patrols in the area to support our colleagues investigating the attacks and also to offer reassurance to local people.

“We believe that all those involved are known to each other and we are taking robust measures in order to bring responsible individuals to justice. This has been evidenced by the police activity that has already taken place within the community and arrests made.”

Police believe the shooting on Londonderry Road is linked to a number of earlier events which officers have been investigating. At 2.20am on Thursday 26th April a car was driven into a house on Somerset Road in Norton. No one was harmed. At 2.23am the same day the door of a house on Wylam Road was damaged, most likely by a single shot from a shotgun. Again, no one was hurt.

Four people, a man and three women, were initially arrested in relation to events on Thursday 26th April and are currently on bail while investigations continue. Six men from the Stockton area were also arrested, on Friday 27th, in Scarborough in connection with these events and then bailed.

Chief Inspector Anderson continued: “Stockton is a proud community and such incidents are rare. They are also clearly unacceptable. Anyone with any information which can help us identify and locate those involved and bring an end to these incidents is encouraged to contact police.”

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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Sunderland Doctor secretly took pictures of woman at stages of undress while seeing the DR

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A trusted doctor in Sunderland has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after secretly taking of pictures and videos of his patients.

Last month (July), Dr Thair Altaii, 55, was found guilty of three counts of voyeurism between 2008 and 2014.

The GP, of White Rocks Grove, Whitburn, was found to have more than 19,000 images of women on his laptop, some clothed and others in various stages of undress, after one of his patients raised concerns to police. A number of videos were also found on Altaii’s laptop and other equipment.

After being found guilty of all charges by a jury, Altaii was today (Tuesday, August 14)  back at Newcastle Crown Court as the judge sentenced him to 14 months’ imprisonment.

Detective Constable Lee Boys, of Northumbria Police, said: “Thair Altaii clearly abused his position of trust and caused inevitable distress to his victims, who were totally unaware of what he was doing.

“He must now deal with the consequences of his actions, having destroyed his own professional career and reputation.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank his victims for the courage, determination and dignity they have shown throughout this investigation, and for their assistance at every step of the process.

“It is their bravery and willingness to inform police of Altaii’s suspicious behaviour that has resulted in his conviction, ensuring no more of his patients can become unwilling and unknowing victims.”

Altaii was arrested in August 2014 after a patient noticed two propped up mobile phones – one on his desk and another on a shelf overlooking the examination table – during an appointment and subsequently alerted police.

His laptop, along with other equipment, was subsequently seized by officers.

The doctor, who was suspended from his role after the allegations came to light, claimed the images were captured for his own assessment and training purposes.

He initially denied recording any of his patients without consent when first spoken to by police.

But during a later interview, he accepted recording nine medical consultations without permission of the patients or making them aware.

When shown some of the images recovered from his laptop, Altaii said they may have been produced automatically after filming appointments “for training reasons”.

The doctor pleaded not guilty to all charges at court and denied any of the images or videos were taken for sexual gratification.

Any patients who have concerns are asked to call 0800 464 0386 or 0330 041 2186.

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Terror suspect not cooperating with police Assistant Commissioner says

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Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu is providing an update outside New Scotland Yard.

He says the suspect, who is yet to be formally identified, is “not currently cooperating” with officers.

He adds police cordons are “likely to be in place for some time” as the investigation continues.

Basu says there “wasn’t a police car in pursuit of the vehicle” prior to it crashing into a security barrier outside Parliament.

He adds: “I believe it was an ambulance on a completely unrelated call.”

Armed officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident outside of Parliament.

A vehicle was involved in a collision and armed police quickly deployed to the scene.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament.

Met Police have confirmed a number of people have been hurt and the male driver has been arrested

Armed police approached the vehicle after it crashed into barriers.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place.

The nature of the incident is not yet clear.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

Again almost half an hour after the incident police have further extended the cordon.

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