Warning to Middlesbrough FC v Leeds United Match This Saturday

Police Promotion

Cleveland Police are warning a minority of football fans who may be intent on engaging in disorder at the upcoming Middlesbrough FC game against Leeds United that their behaviour will not be tolerated.  

At a previous game in March 2018 against the club at the Riverside Stadium, five Leeds United fans were arrested in connection with public order offences and throwing missiles. 


Officers warn that anyone found to be committing offences will be prosecuted and put before the courts.

Match Commander, Chief Superintendent John Lyons, said: “The overwhelming majority of football fans attending this match will simply wish to watch the game, support their team and enjoy the day, but sadly a small minority of fans attend matches to engage in antisocial behaviour and disorder, which can spoil the game for genuine fans and their families.

“Any incidents such as missile throwing, pitch invasion or public order will not be tolerated. Officers will be in and around the Riverside Stadium alongside colleagues from British Transport Police, Middlesbrough FC and Mounted Section colleagues from Northumbria Police. 

“There will be dogs trained to search for pyrotechnics and drugs at all entrances to the stadium and anyone found to be in possession of either will not be permitted to enter and risk facing criminal proceedings. 

“Our primary aim on the day is to ensure the safety of everyone in and around the area and to facilitate a friendly and enjoyable day for all the genuine fans and their families who are attending.”

A dispersal order will be in place in the Middlesbrough town centre area, giving police additional powers to disperse any groups who may be causing a disturbance for a period of 24 hours. 

Leeds United fans who are travelling to Middlesbrough prior to or after the game are encouraged to gather at Spensley’s Emporium on Albert Road, Middlesbrough.

For further updates on the game please follow @ClePolFootball on Twitter.

Shocking: Charity​ that cares for unwanted, abused & abandoned dogs targeted

The charity who help abused dogs have been left devastated after armed raiders attended the kennels armed with grinders.

A spokesperson for Maxi's Mates has said "They did grind the padlock and went round the back and forced the barn doors open .

"We don't know if they knew there were kennels as nearby farms in Boosbeck have been broken into."

The evil scum tried gained access to an area which houses unwanted, abused and abandoned dogs it is unthinkable what could have happened if they had gained access to the dogs.

It is not known if they knew there was dogs in the kennels, it is believed they were hoping to steal items from the farm.

Thankfully no dogs have been harmed, despite one of the intruders having a knife shaped implement or tool and grinders to cut locks.

This is certainly a professional gang targeting farms.

The Charity has been left feeling the costs following the shocking break-in at the farm which rescues animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

Maxi's Mates is a located in the North East in a village within Dunsdale in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and within the civil parish of Guisborough.

Damage was caused after 4 people broke into the kennels, they grinned the padlocks off the front, as they attempted to force into the site.

they did manage to get into an area of the kennels (The Barn) were no dogs are housed causing extensive damage that will cost the charity thousands of pounds to replace.

Maxi's Mates is supported by the local community via donations of money and food to help dogs who are found in appalling conditions, they are taken in loved and rehomed, Now security will have to be increased at the site which will come at a great cost to the charity.

The charity will now require mental shutters to be fitted to ensure the building is secure increasing the alarm system and CCTV within the site, Police Hour will be fundraising to help try and cover these costs.

If you can spare a couple of pounds, please help and support Maxi's Mates who work to ensure dogs are kept safe, looked after and rehomed.

CCTV footage has now been released of the four people who attended Maxi's Mates fully equipped with grinders, knives and tools.

About Maxi's Mates

Maxi’s Mates was set up on 9/10/12 by Jane Galliford & Michelle Cooper to raise awareness of other unwanted, abandoned dogs like Maxi was! We mainly helped those at the local pound  which was at that time Waterfall Kennels. Dogs that were in desperate need of a loving home and had somehow found themselves as a stray. For the full story of Maxi and how we rescued her from an awful existence please click on her photo below. 

With the closure of Waterfall Kennels, we successfully campaigned, raised funds and secured our own premises. Maxi’s Mates won  the Stray Dog contract for Redcar & Cleveland and we opened on 2/1/16. We are running at present with half of our potential  kennel spaces with 32 fit and ready.

Maxi’s Mates has gone from strength to strength from our humble beginnings charity and we hope that we can continue to progress to full capacity in the near future. To continue to help ALL strays regardless of breed, age or whether they are good with other dogs or not. They ALL deserve another chance.

If you would like to help and support Maxi's Mates please click here to Donate

Emiliano Sala: Plane carrying Missing Premier League footballer is found

The plane which was carrying the missing Premier League Footballer Emiliano Sala has been found.

The wreckage was located on the seabed of the English Channel this morning by a search boat.

The Piper Malibu aircraft vanished from

Radars near to the Channel Islands on January 21st.

Two boats had been out looking for the missing plane after members if the public fundraised to pay for the search.

Experts had reduced the search area down to just four square miles following extensive research of the flight path.

Sala had just completed a £15m transfer to Cardiff City from French club Nantes.

Urgent Appeal Libby Squire: ‘Significant concerns for safety ‘ of missing Hull student

Missing 21-year-old Libby has not not been seen for three days after she was seen leaving a club.

Police have serious and significant concerns for her safety .

Libby Squire was last seen by her friends getting into a taxi outside The Welly on Beverley Road, Hull, at about 23:00 GMT on Thursday.

She got out of a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue and was last seen on CCTV about 23:45 on Beverley Road. 

Det Supt Simon Gawthorpe said her disappearance was out of character.

Speaking at a press conference, he said: "Her family have described Libby as a very thoughtful young woman who always put other people before herself.

"They have said this is very out of character for Libby, and clearly that raises our concerns about her significantly."

Det Supt Gawthorpe said Ms Squire was spotted on the CCTV on Beverley Road, close to its junction with Haworth Street.

The officer said from there, she may have walked in either direction down Beverley Road or Haworth Street.

Police had made an earlier appeal to trace a driver who had stopped to help Ms Squire on Beverley Road, but they said he had now been located.

Det Supt Gawthorpe said Ms Squire was spotted on the CCTV on Beverley Road, close to its junction with Haworth Street.

The officer said from there, she may have walked in either direction down Beverley Road or Haworth Street.

Police had made an earlier appeal to trace a driver who had stopped to help Ms Squire on Beverley Road, but they said he had now been located.

Police have also asked residents to check their gardens, sheds and outbuildings to see if she may have taken shelter there.

Ms Squire, who is 5ft 7ins tall and has long dark brown hair, was wearing a black leather jacket, black long sleeved top and a black denim skirt with lace.

Urgent appeal: Baby abandoned in London park ‘was just 30 minutes old with umbilical cord attached’

The tiny baby was discovered in a shopping bag next to a park bench, in a freezing playground in Newham.

Without those who stepped in to help the baby, she would not be with us today. It was snowing heavy and it is believed the baby was just 30 minutes old and still had her umbilical cord attached when the baby was abandoned.

Police have named the newborn baby Roman, named after the street she was found in before members of the public took over and cared for the baby coming together and alerting the emergency services.

Baby Roman is believed to be doing well, but when she was found she was still purple and freezing cold, the baby could have been moments from death due to to the freezing conditions.

Roman had been left within heavy snow within a playpark, it is very lucky that someone spotted the baby after being left in freezing temperatures inside a shopping bag and wrapped in a towel.

Police say that a woman walking her dog past the play area in Newham noticed the bag when she heard a freezing cold baby crying at 10.15pm.

Georgina Player, 26, who lives around the corner from the play area in East Ham said: “The police came knocking at midnight to tell us what happened.

They said she was only 30-minutes-old when she was found – she even still had her umbilical cord.

She’s at Newham Hospital and I’m going to go there this afternoon to drop some things off for her – babygrows, milk, anything.

“I feel so bad for the little thing.

She was left in a towel and plastic bag on the ground, next to the bench – not even on it.

“The police had sniffer dogs trying to find a blood trial but they couldn’t, which makes me ask how she left in that state.

“Although it was dark, a lot of people pass through here. You have to walk past to get to the buses.

“I wish she knocked on the door for help but I think she knew someone would find the baby.”

Grandmother Rima Zvaliauskiene, 50, who found the baby, told The Sun she heard a crying noise from a Sainsbury’s bag for life

She went to investigate, thinking the noise was from an animal.

Rima said: “She was crying for her life. The baby saved herself.”

Her son Ovidijus, who lives just 100 yards away, rushed to help. He said the infant looked purple and was cold to the touch.

The 27-year-old added: “I would say it was inhumane, to do such a thing, to leave a baby like that.”

Slwek Pelka, 47, was walking his German shepherd through the play area just 15 minutes before the baby was found.

He said: “It’s crazy to think I was there just before, it was totally empty apart from a man sitting on the bench.

When the police and ambulance came, I thought maybe he had died.

“It was very cold and snowing.”

A 42-year-old mother living opposite the empty playground said: “I saw the ambulance and police arrive and paramedics running and holding a baby wrapped in a towel.

“At first I thought it was a stabbing and I was terrified. I was the only one in the house with my baby.

“They blocked off the whole area.

“It was freezing. It was snowing really heavily.

“It is really upsetting. She didn’t have to leave the baby in the snow and cold, she could have left her on my doorstep and rang the bell.”

A 72-year-old grandmother added: “My neighbour thinks the poor woman might have given birth there.

“I really feel for her. She must have been so distressed and she did the best she could.

“She will have known the playground gets busy and someone will have found her.”

Police confirmed that the baby girl is recovering in an east London hospital and her condition is now stable.

A police spokesman said: “She has been unofficially referred to as ‘Roman’ after the road where she was found, a small children’ play area on Roman Road.

“The child was discovered by a woman walking her dog with her children after she heard the child cry.

“When found they alerted the emergency services immediately. There were no other people present.

“She was found next to a park bench, not hidden. The child was discovered in a shopping bag in a white towel on the floor.”

Shane Clarke of the north east command unit said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for your welfare and I urge you to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery. It is really important that we know that you are safe.

“I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with her mother to come forward.”

Urgent appeal to trace mum who abandoned baby who may need medical help or support

Police are urgently appealing for the mother of a newborn baby found in Newham to come forward so that she can receive medical care and support.

Police were called at approximately 22:15hrs on Thursday, 31 January to a park area close to Roman Road/Saxon Road, E6 to reports of an abandoned baby.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and the infant, a baby girl, was taken to an east London hospital where she is being cared for.

In a direct appeal to the child's mother, Inspector Shane Clarke of North East Command Unit, said: "We are growing increasingly concerned for your welfare and I urge you to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery. It is really important that we know that you are safe.

"I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with her mother to come forward."

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the mother is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD7825/31JAN or Tweet @MetCC.

Police Officers to be locked in haunted prison overnight after raising £3.2K

Brave police officers from across the UK have signed up to spend the night in a haunted jail to raise money to support the families of fallen police officers and to help reduce crime committed by youths.

So far an amazing £3.2K has been raised as officers prepare to spend the night locked up inside the haunted Steelhouse Lane Lock-up.

Those police officers will spend the night in the Steelhouse Lane Lock-up a Victorian mini-prison which is steeped in history, the prison was in active use for over 125 years.

Police officers from across the UK have taken on the brave challenge which will take place over two nights Friday 8th January and Saturday 9th January 2019.

Prisoners were barred from roaming the floors and walkways through the night and would be confined to their cells, many prisoners died here, significant paranormal investigations have taken place within the Lock Up since it closed. with significant activity reported on several occasions.

Cops turned prisoners will be left inside the prison alone, as the lights go out on the historic prison and will be left to fend for themselves as the night cuts in and the haunting begins. This one is not for the faint-hearted only the bravest will survive, but once they are inside the Lock Up there is no going back.

Where is the money going?

Please consider making a donation to help support families who have lost loved ones in the police service and helping the West Midlands Police Museum develop their engagement programme to do more work with the young people to ensure they do not end up in the cells ensuring there will be fewer victims of crime.

COPS is a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, rebuild their lives.

The West Midlands Police Museum is fund raising to relocate to the Lock-up, preserving this historic building and ensuring our vast heritage collection can be made more accessible and enjoyed by everyone. We also aim to deliver inputs on current policing messages to young people - e.g. knife crime, drugs, online safety and child sexual exploitation. By celebrating our joint heritage, we also aim to build bridges with different communities across the West Midlands.

Please click here to make a donation and support the Lock up Lock in your donation will make a real difference.

Follow the fun on the evening, Scream by Scream simply follow @PoliceHour on twitter for live updates & videos.

Video: Remembering Luke Jobson, Large crowd supports fami​ly

A large crowd gathered in Yarm to remember Luke Jobson from Thornaby whose body has been recovered from the River Tees.


Cleveland Police launched an investigation after Luke disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning following a night out in Yarm.

An event named Ribbon's for Luke was arranged by the family and took place at the Wharf in Yarm, which became the location of emotional scenes as thousands gathered to pay their respects and support the family of Luke.

During the event, Kelly Jobson thanked everyone who helped in the search for her missing nephew and has supported the family.

She thanked the crowd told supporters that she feels like they have been an army for Luke and for this reason they will keep the memory of Luke alive.

Cleveland Police have urged social media users to think before they comment in relation to their investigation into the suspected Manslaughter of Luke Jobson.

Officers have arrested a number of people in relation to the incident and their investigation is very much active and ongoing.

Personal Statements for Promotion Part 1: Written Application

Police Promotion

Many police forces ask promotion candidates to submit a personal statement as part of their promotion process. Vast cohorts of candidates fail the initial stages of a selection process. It happens every year! Aspiring to Sergeant or Inspector rank? If so, you should start on your own personal statement now.

Your force may not ask you directly for a personal statement. It’s more likely to be phrased as follows:

  • Tell us why you are right for the role of Sergeant/Inspector? Why now?
  • What relevant attributes do you possess for promotion to Sergeant/Inspector rank?
  • Tell us about your experience and qualifications that support your immediate promotion to Sergeant/Inspector?

Why You?

“When aspirations are perceived to be achievable, ambition and drive can erase excuses.” - Lori Myers

All the bullet points above are essentially the same. Simply, they are prompts seeking answers to the question: Why You?

Your personal statement helps you ‘sell’ your skills, knowledge and achievements to those considering you for promotion. It’s an extremely valuable opportunity for you, to persuade assessors of your suitability for advancement: in writing.

For many officers, it’s a wasted opportunity. Some are unaware of the importance of personal statements. Others start too late. Another issue is writer's block. This is because personal statements can be difficult to compile, especially under self-inflicted time pressure of short submission deadlines. Consequently officers produce a simple career summary, instead of doing the following:

  1. Specifically answering the question/s.
  2. Ensuring evidence relates to role functions and behaviours.
  3. Aligning content to the competency framework and shared values.


“In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.” - Dr Kathleen Hall

A personal statement is something I encourage every aspiring promotion candidate to commence ASAP. Most importantly, if you are reading this you can get to work on yours now. Besides, it’s in your power and an important choice.

Capturing the essence of who you are, with supporting evidence aligned to specific competencies, can be a difficult task. Doing so in just a couple of hundred words needs dedicated time. If you aspire to promotion now or in the near future, give yourself time. Here’s a two-word plan: START TODAY! It’s probably one of the most significant choices you will ever make on your promotion journey.

Even if your own force doesn’t require applications as part of a promotion selection process:

  • It is still a valuable development exercise.
  • You can also compile a personal statement to support your promotion interview preparation (I’ll cover more on that in Part 2).
  • Done well, your personal statement is a gift to yourself that keeps giving.

Use the three points at the beginning of this blog as a prompt to get started. Because even if it’s just writing down your first draft, you’ll be thinking on the right tracks and it will serve you well.

“General Information”

“The Devil Is In The Detail” - Aby Warburg

At the beginning of your application form, there is usually a “general information” section. You will be asked to answer questions requiring  supporting information about your skills, qualifications or specialist knowledge.

This “general information” section may or may not form part of the application scoring. In any case, it is important to read through and carefully check the detailed guidance provided. Pay just as much attention to these parts! Use the opportunity, conveying what you can within the permitted word limit.

What you write in this section may ultimately influence which role/post you are promoted into. This is because officers are needed where they will be most effective to the force.

Don’t let your focus or standards drop on this section, even if you are informed it will not form part of the scoring. Always take such advice with a pinch of salt, because it still requires professionalism!

By the way, I purposefully put “general information” in inverted commas: Don’t be fooled! They are not looking for general information. They are really looking for specific information, matching you to the role functions and behaviours.

So what does a personal statement look like?

“Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will” - Malcom. S. Forbes

Here’s a typical first section on a promotion application form. This seeks general information on personal motivation and development for promotion to Inspector rank:

How do you meet the requirements for the rank of Inspector? Tell us why you believe you are right for the role now. Your evidence should cover your personal motivation and your development to get to this point. (450 words)

You may notice that these instructions contain four separate points. Breaking them first down into sub headers will help ensure you cover each required element of the question. Here's the example response:

I believe I am right for the role of Inspector because I possess a proven track record of leadership ability. I am aware of current/future challenges facing policing including greater public scrutiny/expectations, complexity of demand and changes in technology/crime types.

As Temporary Inspector, I have acquired a breadth of operational and leadership experience over two years. Together with strong commitment to shared values, this equips me to lead and support colleagues/partners through changes and delivery of future policing services.

I meet requirements for the role, having supervised constables, sergeants and police staff effectively, whilst performing at middle manager level. I also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for leadership following a stabbing of a male on a bus. My attributes include the required drive, energy and resilience necessary to ensure Anyforce remains a place where people feel safe to live, work and visit.

My personal leadership style is essentially transformational, favouring a supportive/empowering approach to colleagues. I am personable and treat individuals according to their needs. This people focus allows me to establish and maintain professional working relationships and to overcome barriers. For example, recent praise from community leaders for my influence in improving relations with key partners and stakeholders.

I concentrate on setting, maintaining and improving standards around what my teams ‘can’ do. I focus on drivers of public confidence, including the effective investigation of crime (ensuring Sergeants are managing investigations/reviewing workloads and updating victims), alleviating anti social behaviour in communities (allocating resources efficiently/reviewing what works) and delivering the best service possible with the resources we have.

Policing is a vocation for me. It inspires and motivates me towards career progression. I am ready for substantive promotion, but realise my capacity to grow as a leader is linked to my personal development and enabling development opportunities for others. My Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plan includes leadership modules (Managing teams through change/Leading critical Incidents), temporary Inspector duties, coaching/mentoring activity and utilising 360 degree feedback.

I communicate effectively and can work at all levels. I understand the role is about driving performance, through developing people and improving processes. I serve my wider community as a local School Governor, leading the school’s safeguarding committee. I am level-headed in challenging environments, accountable for my decision-making, most importantly supported by clear rationale. I maximise opportunities to identify the most vulnerable, by instigating sound risk assessments to ensure appropriate safeguarding is implemented. I am able to recognise and learn from mistakes, looking to identify lessons/good practice through debriefs.

As an Inspector, I believe that connecting my teams with our force mission, vision and values through my personal leadership will maintain a consistent focus upon building trust and confidence with our communities.

It is possible to convey a tremendous amount about yourself and your skills within 450 words. Imagine if you only had 250! Always use your full word allowance to compile the very best ‘pen picture’ of you and your potential for assessors to consider. You’ll normally have up to six additional questions or examples to deal with as part of your promotion application. These are more focused on specific competencies and/or shared values.

Therefore, it is very important to maximise the opportunity a personal statement offers, because you can communicate additional information about yourself.

If you are serious about achieving a promotion, it’s time to act.

“Being ready isn’t enough, you have to be prepared for promotion” – Pat Riley


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Luke Jobson: Teen hands himself in and arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

A 16-year-old boy has handed himself into police this after and has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police Hour this morning ran an appeal urging anyone who believes they were directly involved with this incident to hand themself in and speak to the police.

We would further suggest that if you are involved within this tragic incident and have not yet spoke to the police. You need to come forward and assist the police with this very ongoing and live investigation.

Police are now urging members of the public to be careful what they post on social media because it could destroy the police investigation, allowing people to destroy evidence or cause contempt of court issues meaning the case would never be heard in court.

Police have firmly asked that members of the public do not speculate when commenting on social media posts in relation to Luke Jobson, We need to ensure only facts are published and ensuring the police are able to conduct an investigation without further speculation in relation to the case, Think of the family when you are commenting and think this is a live police investigation.

Cleveland Police are warning social media users about thinking before they post on social media as officers contiune to support Luke's family as they come to terms with the trafic news that his body was found missing in Yarm at the weekend.

The case of Luke Jobson has generated a huge media interest, but the media can only report on what we can legally say, things that will ensure the court case can go ahead, because words we use could prevent any charges being brought and stop the case going to court, we have seen the speculation within the comments, and legally we cannot report or reproduce. We would urge you todo the same.

Police Hour would also urge non of our users to speculate within the comments doing so will impact the investigation, we will be proactively managing the comments and ensuring any comments which are offensive or speculative are removed and you will be prevented from further commenting within our social media networks.

Simply think before you post, think that this needs to go to court, and your comment could prevent that from happening.

Cleveland Police have commented saying "We appreciate that emotions are running high and that people want to show their support for Luke’s family and friends,

"but we would warn social media users that now that arrests have been made, speculating and commenting online about what might have happened - or the actions of specific individuals - could seriously jeopardise any potential court case.

Cleveland Police would further like to "Thank you for your understanding and co-operation."