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VIDEO: Huge blaze breaks out at seafront Longscar building

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The Longscar building on The Front in Seaton Carew was the scene of a huge blaze on Tuesday evening.

Five fire crews, ambulances and police deployed to the scene just after 8pm.

Northern Powergrid is working to restore power to 60 homes they say “We’ve had to switch off the power for safety purposes whilst our engineers work on cables and equipment that serves the area”.

The building has laid empty for years, Hartlepool Council attempted to place a compulsory purchase order on the site to ensure it would be re-developed without success.

Many locals would argue that the site should be flattened to make way for the re-development of Hartlepool Seaton Sea Front after the building has been left to rot since 2009.

Emergency services received a call just after 8 pm with two fire crews deployed to the scene.

Further support was required and a major incident was declared.

The North East Ambulance Service and Police attended and assisted with local road closures and crowd control.

A Hydraulic platform was sent to the scene allowing firefighters to tackle the fire from above.

A number of areas of the Longscar building was on fire it’s not yet known if these were separate fires or if the fire had spread quickly and took hold of the building.

A spokeswoman for the brigade said: “We were called at 8.02pm to the old Longscar Centre, in Seaton.

“After sending two crews, the officer in charge asked for another three.

“There is smoke coming from all parts of the building.”

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Update: Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Ward Jackson Primary School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

A spokesman for Ward Jackson Primary School has told Police Hour “Yesterday lunchtime a man tried to engage in conversation with a pupil who was securely inside the school perimeter fence.

“The safety of our pupils and community is paramount and we immediately notified the police and have notified our parents and urged them to be vigilant.”

 

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council told Police Hour: “The safety of children in Hartlepool is our top priority, and as soon as the school made us aware, we notified our other schools as a precaution.”

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Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool also warned parents “We have been notified that a man has approached a local school offering children an ice lolly, please stay vigilant.”

Cleveland Police have not commented on the incident.

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Naked runner who terrified over 40 women caught by discarded till receipt

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A NAKED runner who targeted dozens of young women has been caught after determined beat officers used a discarded shopping receipt to track him down.

Over the last few weeks, the serial flasher has been targeting women on the riverbanks in Durham City.

But a discarded till receipt for a packet of Haribo found at the scene eventually helped officers trace an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested and has now admitted his guilt.

Since April, around a dozen women reported that a man, naked except for his running shoes, had been seen on the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believed that he was waiting for lone women, many of them joggers using the popular riverside routes, before emerging from his hidden vantage point and indecently exposing himself.

Although a dozen women, aged from their late teens to their 40s, reported the flasher, police believe there may have been many more incidents which went unreported.

Durham City Police carried out a series of operations, including plain clothes patrols in which female officers posed as joggers to lure the suspect out.

But the breakthrough came when one of the tenacious officers found a place on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the culprit used to spot his victims coming.

An empty sweet packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed officers to scour CCTV footage from the store and pinpoint the moment that the sweets were bought, giving them an image of a suspect which matched the description given by the victims.

Officers were then able to trace the suspect to a city centre address, where he was arrested and admitted all the offences.

The man has since been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Sergeant Kay Howarth, of Durham City Police, said: “This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.

“We would like to thank all those who rang in to report this man and for all those local runners who helped with our investigation.

“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone”.

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