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Roof Rack Rescue and Hospital Dash - All in a Week's Work

By Published August 05, 2020

THE incredible diversity of work undertaken by Middlesbrough's Community Safety team this week - including freeing a trapped van and taking a 94-year-old woman to hospital - can be revealed.

Middlesbrough Council can detail just 18 of the most remarkable issues officers from a number of teams including the town's Neighbourhood Safety Wardens have been involved with in the last seven days.

In one unusual incident, the wardens went to the car park at Captain Cook Square where a van with a roof rack had got trapped due to its height. The council workers let down the woman's tyres to free the vehicle and directed her to a nearby garage where they could be re-inflated.

In separate incidents, the wardens also assisted a 94-year-old woman who had fallen on Newport Road and then transported her to hospital and also assisted a woman who had collapsed in Captain Cook Square and a man who had collapsed on Borough Road.

During the week the wardens have also identified an individual for bin-dipping and issued numerous Fixed Penalty Notices to people for spitting, drinking in the street, littering and dog fouling.

Marion Walker, Middlesbrough Council's Head of Stronger Communities, said: "We're always keen to stress that everyone involved in community safety in Middlesbrough works to improve life in the town in every way - not just through enforcement action.

"Ultimately we are here to help, whether that's looking after people in distress, interrupting anti-social behaviour or even litter picking - we just want to help make life better for all of our residents."

Among the many issues dealt with by Middlesbrough Council's Community Safety officers this week:

  1. 15 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued for incidents including spitting, drinking alcohol in public, littering and dog fouling.

  2. Conducted litter picks including at Calvert Close and the Market Square in North Ormesby.

  3. Assisted three people sleeping rough in the Newport ward towards getting accommodation.

  4. Helped an elderly resident in Pallister Park who had been targeted with anti-social behaviour.

  5. Separately helped a man and woman who had collapsed in the town centre.

  6. Interrupted drug dealing and fireworks being set off in Thorntree Park.

  7. Organised the removal of a burnt out car on Falkland Street off Parliament Road.

  8. Organised the removal of a smashed up taxi thought to be an arson risk on Stonehouse Street in Linthorpe Village.

  9. A lost dog in the Ormesby area was reunited with a very grateful owner.

  10. Assisted a woman whose van had become trapped in Captain Cook Square car park by deflating tyres and then sending her to a nearby garage.

  11. 14 stray dogs have been collected, 12 have gone to kennels and two returned to their owners.

  12. Disrupted anti-social behaviour by youths in the Nunthorpe village area.

  13. A suspected youth fire starter in Linthorpe cemetery has been identified and action against him is being prepared.

  14. Three warnings have been issued to members of a group committing anti-social behaviour and motorbike nuisance in Millbrook Park.

  15. Patrols increased and a warning letter issued to an address in Pallister Park following complaints of motorbike nuisance, fighting, group drinking, fly tipping and firework nuisance.

  16. Transported a 94-year-old woman to hospital who had fallen in the town centre.

  17. Working with partners to combat increased incidents of firework nuisance in Pallister Park.

  18. Temperature guns were used at North Ormesby market to keep Covid-19 in people's thoughts. 52 people had their temperature taken and none were high.

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