Zetland FM Local News - 30th Oct 2015
A round up of Zetland FM's local news stories for Friday 30th October 2015.
Cleveland Police are joining their police dog sections with Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police to create a single integrated service from summer next year. The move will reduce overall costs by more than three million pounds over the next five years and enable a substantial 24-hour dog unit to be retained across the three forces.
Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary embarked on a shared dog unit earlier this year and hope to build on this success through the further collaboration with the North Yorkshire force. Police dogs and their handlers from all three forces will be trained in the same way and will adopt the same tactical approaches, allowing access to more dogs per shift, as well as greater access to specialist police dogs to cover a variety of operations.
The decision to progress the combined dog section was made last week by Clevelands' Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, the Cleveland Police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer and their counterparts in the other two Forces, as part of the Evolve Programme – a three-Force initiative to look at how the police can improve services and save money by collaborating.
Cleveland Police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “Criminals don’t recognise borders, and we need to stay one step ahead by equipping and strengthening our specialist teams in cross-border working.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger went on to say that this is good news for Cleveland. Police dogs and their handlers will remain on Teesside and significant savings have been made to the public purse.
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsopp has waded into the campaign to oppose Coast and Country Housings' planning application to convert the Luke Senior Community Centre on Rosedale Crescent in Loftus, to housing.
He said: “The hall is a well-used facility for older people in the West of Loftus and in the heart of the housing estate. There are no nearby similar facility, meaning that some user groups will either have to find alternative venues or fold. Luke Senior Hall is a lifeline for older people and is an integral part of their community as well as a well-used polling station for elections.
He went on to say that if the application is successful, Coast and Country will have closed community halls in the neighbouring villages of Loftus and Easington in five years and is asking Coast and Country Housing to withdraw their application until a proper consultation can take place and residents’ concerns can be taken into account.
The Redcar branch of the Darlington Building Society has sponsored a pair of scooter mad brothers from the area to compete in a World Cup competition.
Luke and Nathan Churchill are about to take part in the Scoot Fest world championship in Gloucestershire next month. Luke, who's 19, is currently ranked 15th in the World and Nathan, who's 15, is ranked 20th. They train at RKade on Majuba Road in Redcar and performed well recently at a competition in Barcelona, coming 15th and 20th respectively.
Their father Neil explained that Luke started scootering aged 14 on the streets and on discovering RKade, quickly excelled to a professional standard and has since competed at National and European level. He then brought younger brother Nathan, who was ten at the time, into the sport and they now compete as professionals at every major event.