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Tipping trouble in our town.

The problem of fly-tipping and the amount it costs local authorities to deal with are being highlighted by a leading Middlesbrough councillor.

Bob Kerr, executive councillor for environment, says over the past year the council has cleared 18,000 fly-tips.

He is telling councillors that 4,000 of the fly-tips were reported to the council by members of the public ringing the authority's customer relationship management number 01642 726001.

"Around 14,000 of these fly-tips were spotted and collected by the council's rapid-reaction team who concentrate on patrolling known hot-spot areas. A third of all removed fly-tips are from back alleys, the commonest items being household rubbish and black bags."

Visitor numbers at the treasure house of Teesside's history have again increased.

A total of 5,605 people used the Teesside Archive Service in a six-month period in 2004-05 - a 2.3pc increase over the same period the previous year.

A report going before next week's meeting of the Teesside joint archives committee also shows that acquisitions to the archive during the period have included weather records for Redcar and 20th Century shipping records.

Conservation work during the period saw 204 items being repaired and repackaged, including a photograph of Thornaby Thursday Football Club.

Cleveland Police Authority's chairman, Ted Cox, got a new nickname recently.

Along with colleagues from police authorities across the country, he was attending a conference when the news was released the Home Office was giving an extra pounds 6m over three years for policing on Teesside.

Mr Cox told a meeting yesterday of the police authority that other authorities had been envious of Cleveland's success in getting the cash.

"I was dubbed the pounds 6m man," he said.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2005
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