A man from South Tyneside has been jailed for over three years for his role in a rogue roofing gang who targeted the elderly. Andrew Hardy, 32, of no fixed abode but formerly of Tyne Dock, South Tyneside and Houghton was jailed for three years and three months for his part in a scam which conned vulnerable householders out of tens of thousands of pounds for needless and shoddy repairs .Teesside Crown Court heard how the gang of eight defrauded elderly and vulnerable victims from across the North East and North Yorkshire for substandard and unnecessary roofing works undertaken at their homes.The court heard an expert surveyor who examined one 87-year-old man’s roof in Richmond, North Yorkshire, on behalf of trading standards valued the work to the property at just £600, including £400 for scaffold hire but he had been asked to transfer a total of £17,000 to two bank accounts.A concerned member of the public, who was in the bank on the final occasion, overheard what … [Read more...] about Man jailed for role in roof repairs scam which targeted elderly
THERE is nothing lovelier than messing about on a river – as the song goes. Eleven celebs have been exploring their local waterways for a new BBC1 show, River Walks. Each picked an area that means a lot to them. The films will be shown at the same time in the different BBC areas — with all 11 available on iPlayer. Here, three stars recall their riverside strolls. ‘Swim in white-water rapids was terrifying’ KIDS telly presenter Kirsten O’Brien, 46, picked the River Tees in Middlesbrough. She says: “I was born in Middlesbrough but I’ve never really walked the top end of the Tees and it was lovely getting to know it. “I’m not an exercise fanatic but I do like fresh air. “Billowing smoke and industry are often people’s impression of Middlesbrough, but it’s a wonderful area for countryside. “We started in South Gare, the narrow sand spit that juts out from the southern end of the estuary at the end of 86 miles of … [Read more...] about Celebs take us for a waterside stroll — from Exe in West Somerset to Stour in Kent
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 5:23 am PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Mitesh Patel returns to the home with the pizza on the night police say he killed his wife. Mitesh Patel returns to the home with the pizza on the night police say he killed his wife. Photo: Cleveland Police Photo: Cleveland Police Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Mitesh Patel returns to the home with the pizza on the night police say he killed his wife. Mitesh Patel returns to the home with the pizza on the night police say he killed his wife. Photo: Cleveland Police A man killed his wife to be with his boyfriend. His iPhone gave his plot away. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery She had been strangled to … [Read more...] about A man killed his wife to be with his boyfriend. His iPhone gave his plot away.
Four men were jailed at Teesside Crown Court today for a total of 14 years after being convicted of conspiring to defraud residents and businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber and North East areas, including Whitby, over Tarmac work at their premises. The men, Shaun Thomas Snr, 50, his sons Shaun Thomas Jnr, 28, and Henry Hartley Thomas, 25, all of both Holmelea traveller’s site, Elvington, York, and Malim Road, Darlington, and their associate Thomas Mounsey, 56, of Durham Road, Bishop Auckland, were convicted after a three- week trial.Shaun Thomas Snr, Henry Thomas and Thomas Mounsey were also convicted of money laundering offences in relation to the proceeds.The investigation was conducted by Operation Gauntlet, the multi-agency safeguarding team hosted at North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards. It began in July 2016 after complaints were received by trading standards and the police from residents about false statements being made by the men when they cold called, … [Read more...] about Four men jailed for total of 14 years after defrauding Whitby resident, along with others across region
Two men who robbed a taxi driver armed with a knife and a hammer have been jailed for a total of 11 years. Luke Dobie robbed the taxi driver and a woman assistant of a Spar shop. William Harrison also took part in the taxi driver robbery during which he brandished a hammer.Both men used hoods and scarves in a bid to hid their identities, Teesside Crown Court heard.Dobie was also dealt with for a separate offence of dangerous driving during which he led police on a chase in Hartlepool before crashing the car."The dangerous driving was the first of the offending on January 10," said Sam Faulks, prosecuting. "Police saw three men in Vauxhall Corsa which sped off at speed when they indicated for it to stop."Dobie, who had his hood up, was the driver."The police patrol lost sight of the Corsa briefly near Masefield Road, when they next saw it there was only Dobie inside."He mounted the kerb and crashed into a wall, the car coming to rest because it was unable to fit through the narrow … [Read more...] about Robbers jailed after targeting taxi driver while armed with knife and hammer in Hartlepool