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Cleveland Police has launched a Christmas ‘Stay Safe’ campaign this winter and held a hugely successful event at Middleton Grange focussing on personal safety while out and about over the festive period.

Throughout the day, the team were handing out free purse bells – a keyring which has a small bell attached to it with the aim of deterring pickpockets – as well as leaflets and advice to shoppers. The event was part of a winter long initiative which highlights the importance of taking extra care on a day to day basis, whether it’s at home, online or vehicle safety.

Kelly Close, Crime Prevention Co-Ordinator, said: “Myself and my colleagues would like to say a big thank you to Middleton Grange for allowing us to run this event at the centre. It was a big success and we were able to hand out more than 200 bells and 100 RFID card protectors to the community.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, said: “This is always a great time of year to have fun with friends and family but it’s also so important that we are also not putting ourselves in a vulnerable situation. We were delighted that we were able to welcome the Cleveland Police to the centre to offer advice to our customers and we fully support its ongoing winter campaign.

For more information on the Cleveland police ‘Stay Safe’ campaign, please visit the Cleveland Police website.


Hartlepool shoppers will be able to receive free blood pressure checks as well as advice on healthy living as part of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre’s ongoing ‘Healthy Hart’ campaign.

On Friday 24 August, from 1pm until 4pm, popular gym chain, Xercise4Less and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Community Connector, Roz Charlton, have teamed up to offer free one-on-one advice sessions for members of the community.

Throughout the afternoon Roz will be providing support and advice relating to balanced eating choices, how to increase fitness levels as well as boosting mental health. Xercise4Less will also be on hand offering free blood pressure checks.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Roz to the centre as she will providing a really positive service to our customers. The range of knowledge and inspiration she will be offering fits very nicely with our current summer activities, all of which are geared up to encourage youngsters to keep active over the school holidays.

“Our life-size anatomy wall where youngsters learn how the human body works and our free ping pong parlour have proved especially popular,” said Mark.

“As a centre we are committed to promoting healthy living and throughout the year we have been running themed activities aimed at encouraging families to better their lifestyle. All of which have received a great response and I’m sure this event will go down very well with our visitors,” he added.

Chris Richardson from Xercise4Less, added: “The free blood pressure check is also a vitally important service we provide. It’s easy to do and detects any issues quickly so hopefully, any potential problem can be sorted out before any real damage is done.”

Roz and Chris will be located outside the centre’s anatomy wall in Middleton Grange’s centre square on Friday 24 August from 1pm until 4pm. Roz will be available to have a chat to anyone looking to make a positive change in their life and Chris will be offering free blood pressure checks throughout the afternoon.

For further information about Hartlepool Borough Council Community Connectors, please visit