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Police appeal for information following suspicious Middlesbrough flat fire
POLICE are treating a flat fire in the early hours of Saturday morning as suspicious.
Firefighters were called out of the downstairs flat on Harford Street at about 5am on Saturday, August 17.
No-one was injured but the property was badly damaged and Cleveland Police have issued an appeal for information. Contact DC Phil Dawson at Middlesbrough CID on the non-emergency number 101.
Meanwhile six fire engines were called out to extinguish a barn fire at a farm on Church Lane, near Redmarshall in the Stockton area at about 11.30am on Saturday. The barn contained hay stacks which were well alight and the operation was not scaled down until 3.35pm.
TIME TABLES: An MP has asked a rail company to reconsider proposed changes to rail time tables. Alex Cunningham, Labour MP for Stockton North, said he was concerned about TransPennine Express’s plans to reschedule its hourly train service from Middlesbrough to Manchester from 50 minutes past the hour to 28 minutes past from May next year. He said the move would lead to longer interchange times for passengers who wanted to transfer to other train routes.
MORE MAGISTRATES: There’s a chance for people to apply to be a magistrate at Teesside Magistrates Court. A total of eight new magistrates are needed. The position is unpaid and people of all ages, from 18 to 65, are needed. The closing date for applications is Saturday, August 31. Log on to direct.gov.uk/magistrates to find out more.
FREE FUN: High Flyers Children’s Centre in Thornaby is running a free family fun day on Wednesday, August 21 from 1pm to 3pm. Activities include storytelling, Samba drumming and dance troupe Urban Kaos will hold classes. Families will also have a chance to receive free health advice, have their faces painted and even learn how to ride a unicycle. For more information call 01642-528947.
PARK PLANS: Stockton Borough Council has received four designs for the new skatepark in Preston Park Museum and Grounds and is now asking residents to submit their views on which one should be chosen. The new skate area will be funded by Sport England and Stockton Council and is due to open in spring 2014. The plans are available to view on-line at www.stockton.gov.uk/skateparkconsultation The consultation will close at midnight on Monday, August 26.
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