Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes of the Street

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes of the Street

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

Our wardens are tops

Saving people from burning buildings and thwarting racist vandals has earned Middlesbrough's street wardens the accolade of being the North-east's best.

The Teesside wardens beat 23 other warden services throughout the region to scoop the top prize at the recent Office of the Deputy Prime Minister national neighbourhood warden service awards.

Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council's executive councillor for health and social care, said: "The street wardens play a major role in making communities safer and bringing people together.

"They are true ambassadors for the council and the town. As these awards show, they provide a vital and high quality service."

Among the wardens' army of unsung heroes were eagle-eyed Sean Hatton and Geoff Illingworth who saved a man from a burning building.

They discovered an unconscious man in the inferno and called the fire brigade who got the man out and saved his life. …

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