PD Spider and PC Sewell 100 arrests in 12 months.

PC Liam Sewell, who has been a police officer for eleven years, and police dog Spider, reached the milestone in mid October.

Spider, a five-year-old German Shepherd, came to the force from North Yorkshire Police and has worked with PC Sewell ever since his arrival.

Along with tracking down suspects, Spider is often needed to track for missing people, clothing or other items which need to be traced. He can also be called upon if needed at incidents where firearms or other weapons are believed to be involved.

In October 2012, Spider and PC Sewell were called to assist officers searching for a man who had assaulted a taxi driver and robbed him at knife point in Middlesbrough. Liam Bishop made off from police following the incident in Beechwood and was tracked down and arrested by Spider and PC Sewell. Bishop was later sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court.

PC Sewell and Spider attended a report of two men disturbed cutting cable at the North Tees Terminal in Port Clarence in November last year. They arrived at the scene some 45 minutes after the suspects had made off from security on site. Spider was tasked to track for the suspects and he took PC Sewell through the site, tracking for approximately one-and-a-half miles. He then found the two men hiding under a pipe in a culvert. Spider detained one of the men and the other then duly gave himself up.

Inspector Mick Jackson said: “I am extremely pleased with the amazing contribution that both Spider and PC Sewell have made towards policing in the last twelve months. They are an excellent team and have shown great dedication and enthusiasm in their roles.”

PC Liam Sewell said: “I really enjoy working with Spider. He is like part of the family. He’s a very courageous dog that has a great drive to come to work. He has never let me down and we have developed a really good bond.”

Police Confirm Taxi Facebook Hoax

Cleveland Police have today confirmed that reports circulating social media sites were a hoax relating to a local taxi company and taxi driver.

Today Cleveland Police have confirmed that a member of public had contacted the police after seeing the reports online, upon completion of an investigation Cleveland Police can confirm no criminal offences have taken place.

A Teesside media organisation initially took the decision to name the local Taxi company involved in the incident initially, before later revoking the decision and removing that post.

The post which was shared across Teesside has had a significant financial effects on the company involved.

Cleveland Police confirmed the Hoax saying.

"Police received a report of concern from a member of the public regarding a local taxi driver and the route he travelled to a destination. Officers have carried out an investigation and can confirm that no criminal offences have taken place. There will be no further police action in relation to this matter.

Inflammatory rumours were posted on social media sites and officers would like to clarify that an incident of this nature has not been reported to police."

Mystery Fox Causes Traffic Problems?

Teesside Incidents has today received several unverified reports that a fox is outside Hartlepool College of Further Education causing traffic problems.

Shirley Waterman informed Teesside Incidents that there was a Fox running about Stockton Road close to the college.

It is not known whether this is true or not however it is reported to be causing a number of traffic issues in the area.

We will update further as we investigate the matter!

Billingham Man Followed home has window smashed

A man from Billingham unexpectedly had the window to his flat on Knole Road smashed following a walk home from the towns Asda.

The male was followed home by what is believed to be a group of males aged between 13 to 15 years old.

As soon as the male entered his flat it is believed a brick was taken from his wall and used to smash the window to the flat.

Cleveland Police have been conducting an area search.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Police could be still having sex with targets

Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has confirmed that undercover police officers might be still sexually involved with sexual relationships in covert policing operations.

He said he could not be sure that there had not been the “odd digression”, and the rules could not prevent “human beings failing”.

#Plebgate Tough labour rules will bring police to account!

Labour has confirmed that under a new labour government they would build and maintain a new Police Standards Authority which will investigate misconduct ensuring rogue officers are held accountable

The announcement came from the Shadow Home Secretary

Yvette Cooper said the failure of the current complaints system to deal with three officers accused of trying to undermine Andrew Mitchell, the former Chief Whip, at the height of the Plebgate affair meant fundamental reform was necessary.

She said the new police code of ethics unveiled by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and a promise to beef up the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) went “nowhere near far enough on police standards”.

Middlesbrough Man Admits Sexual Activity with Child

Four men have appeared at Teesside Crown Court to deny charges relating to sexually exploiting under age girls in the Teesside area.

Shakil Munir, 32, Junaid Butt, 18, Ibrar Mahmood, 18, and a unnamed 17 year old all from Middlesbrough.

A fifth man Sakib Ahmed 18 has admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child also from Middlesbrough.

All the girls involved within the case are believed to be 13 - 14 years of age.

The charges against the four men who deny their charges are getting an underage girl to perform oral sex

Some of the charges relate to a defendant asking and getting an underage girl to perform oral sex on him and sexual activity with a girl under the age of consent.

Middlesbrough Man Admits Sexual Activity with Child

Four men have appeared at Teesside Crown Court to deny charges relating to sexually exploiting under age girls in the Teesside area.

Shakil Munir, 32, Junaid Butt, 18, Ibrar Mahmood, 18, and a unnamed 17 year old all from Middlesbrough.

A fifth man Sakib Ahmed 18 has admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child also from Middlesbrough.

All the girls involved within the case are believed to be 13 - 14 years of age.

The charges against the four men who deny their charges are getting an underage girl to perform oral sex

Some of the charges relate to a defendant asking and getting an underage girl to perform oral sex on him and sexual activity with a girl under the age of consent.

Police Name Fatal A177 Victim

Police have today named the woman who sadly died in a collision on the A177 yesterday as 51-year-old Christine Nicholson (nee Walker) from Trimdon Village.

Her family gave this tribute; Christine was an infectious person who lived life to the full. She was the life and soul of the community and a very sociable person. She was an active individual who would take part in many activities within the community and at work at Clipper, located in Wynyard.

She endorsed everything positive in life and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

Christine died after the silver Ford Fiesta she was driving was involved in a collision with a flat bed truck, which was carrying coal.

The male driver of the truck was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital with a leg injury, where he remains.

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Neil Bennett from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference number 187676.

Man struck by motorway lorry named by police

​Police have now formally identified a man who died after he was struck by a lorry on the A1(M) late on Monday evening, 21st October.

He was 29-year-old Kenneth Laidlaw, from Stanley. Mr Laidlaw was struck by the lorry on the northbound carriageway of the A1 at junction 61, near to Bowburn services at about 11:45pm on Monday night.

Mr Laidlaw suffered serious injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene.

The lorry driver, a 44-year-old man from Consett was shocked but unhurt.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a man near the slip road area at Bowburn services or walking in the northbound carriageway of the A1 near to Bowburn services at the time mentioned.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159 or alternatively call 101.A1