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Dog handler took his life because he did not want to give up the job he loved

A dedicated police officer who could no longer do the job he loved, He has to leave that role because he suffered a knee injury that caused him a great deal of pain, but underwent surgery he required a period of time off work for recovery.

However, during this time of his police dogs were reallocated which upset the police officer a great deal and when he returned he was told it would no longer be within the police dog unit.

Sadly the day before Police Constable Mick Atkinson aged 37 returned to work he took his own life because after spending 12 years a dog handler he could not face an office desk job.

Mr Atkinson, the father of a baby daughter and step-father to two boys, was found in the garage of his home in Oulton near Rothwell in Leeds on October 7 2018. He joined the police aged 19 and policing was his life, especially working with the dogs.

The injury that caused him to have 17-months absence was arthritis in one of his knees which was a result of a work-related accident, his other knee also became affected and he underwent a knee operation in April 2017 which was not successful and caused a lengthy period of time off work.

During this time his police dogs were reallocated which upset him a great deal before he took his own life he was not sleeping well and little things began annoying him.

His GP Dr R Halligan had an appointment with hin on October 4th in which the constable had told him that the thought of being stuck in an office for the next 23-year filled him with dread and made him tearful.

He added that in June 2017 the constable was left "feeling stressed and in a low mood" due to his dogs being taken from him.

North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Lisa Winward stated that "Mick was a distinguished officer and had been part of the North Yorkshire Police family for 17 years. "He started his service as PC in Scarborough and then moved into the Dog Support Unit and became a handler.

"He was a well-liked and much-respected member of the team and of our wider policing family and his loss will be felt profoundly. "His death has come as a great shock to all of us and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time."

 

 

Police car smashed as officers attend large scale disorder involving 50 – 60 youths

Police received a number of reports of large scale disorder amongst youths in the area around Linby Avenue in Middlesbrough at around 7.05pm on Tuesday 12th March.

Officers attended and dispersed the youths from the area and recovered a number of weapons.

As officers dispersed the group of 50-60 youths, the rear window of a parked police vehicle was smashed with a weapon. 

At 7.40pm, an officer was flagged down by a group of youths on Bridnor Road. A 14-year-old male was suffering from a serious head injury after being struck to the head. 

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where he is now receiving treatment for two fractures to his skull, a cut to his lip and a suspected fractured wrist. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

Officers have arrested a 16-year-old male from the local area on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A dispersal order has been put in place covering the areas of Ormesby Beck, Linby Avenue, Bridnor Road, Overdale Road, Crossfell Road to the edge of Garrowby Road, to the border of James Cook University Hospital to the ‘blue’ bridge. Officers can use this legislation to disperse large groups from a specific area for a period of 48 hours. Those who breach the order can be arrested. 

House to house enquiries are taking place in the area today and officers are asking those in the local vicinity who may have private CCTV footage around the time of the incident to call Cleveland Police.

Officers are also appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information. It is believed there is video footage circulating on social media of the incident, and officers would also appeal for anyone with footage to get in touch with them.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Gary Walters, from Middlesbrough CID, said: “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated. It is not antisocial, it is criminality and it is being taken very seriously. One teenager has been left with potentially serious injuries and has been hospitalised. Thankfully, his injuries are not believed to be life threatening as it stands.

“A police vehicle has also been taken off the road due to mindless vandalism, leaving officers with one less vehicle to respond to emergencies. 

“Our enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved in last night’s incident, and rest assured that those youths identified will at the very least receive a visit from police and their parents will also be informed.

“Police would again ask parents to check on what their children are up to when they are out on an evening and would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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