A frosty reception reserved for crooks.
Byline: Lyndsay Oxley Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
TEESSIDE'S courts in Middlesbrough have heard a whole host of criminal cases since opening their doors in the early 70s.
Looking back in The Gazette's archives, photographs show the opening of Teesside Magistrates' Court in Victoria Square back in February 1973.
Welcomed into the town by a large crowd, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham, followed a macebearer into the new Teesside Law Courts to mark the official opening.
But visitors to the Teesside Combined Courts have been given a frosty reception over the years.
The Scales of Justice statue, which depicts two urchins being held by the scruff of their neck by Lady Justice on a concrete pedestal, has stood outside the then newly-opened combined court centre since 1991. It was created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, and the figure of the woman was modelled from the his wife, Carol. The two squabbling children were also based on his memories of himself and his sister when they were young.
The Scales of Justice statue, above, gives a frosty reception to anyone due to appear |before Teesside Combined Courts, above left and below, in November 1993
| Teesside Law Courts in |early 1973, left and above - the entrance as seen then from the public library in Victoria Square
A large |crowd watches as Lord Hailsham, the Lord Chancellor, follows the macebearer into the new Teesside Law Courts at the official opening in February 1973, left. In August 1981 the Teesside Law Courts building in Middlesbrough was vandalised and staff had to carry out a clean-up operation, below. The combined courts building pictured in 1992, bottom
Police dog |handlers at Teesside Law Courts in July 1991, above, during an 'appalling' rampage in the
cells. Cleveland County Council holdng their first meeting after the elections in May 1977 in court number four at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough, right