Middlesbrough’s Ex Military Opens Love Dessert

FORMER soldier Andrew Angus is hoping that his new business venture will prove to be the icing on the cake for his career.

Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew has just launched Love Dessert, a new business that delivers sweet treats to your door.

Love Dessert offers a wide menu for anyone looking for sweet treats for a family feast, girls’ nights in or celebration.

After being in the military for three years, Andrew became a self-employed plasterer but was struggling to find work.

Middlesbrough’s Ex Military Opens Love Dessert

Middlesbrough’s Ex Military Opens Love Dessert

Andrew, who has previous experience in the food industry, then decided to launch Love Dessert.

He said: “I have always had a keen interest in food and wanted to pursue a career in the food business.

“I saw a similar dessert delivering business running in Newcastle and it was doing so well, so I thought I would bring it to Middlesbrough, as there is nothing else like it around here.

“I met up with the guy that runs the business in Newcastle and had several meetings with him and went on from there.”

Talking about how he plans to make his business into a success, the former self-employed plasterer said: “I want to eventually expand to making tradition desserts that people love and also focus on other unique desserts that cant’ be accessed elsewhere in Middlesbrough.

“I have had people already asking me for special orders and I have been networking with other bakers to hopefully deliver this on the menu.”

Love dessert's product

Love dessert’s product

The Stockton on Tees born and raised business owner, has put all of his savings into the business in the hope of making his brand bigger.

Andrew added: “I don’t have a target audience but so far I have had a lot of interest from families and students.”

For more information about Love Dessert, call 01642 730581 or visit the website http://ift.tt/1hwNAFn.  


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RAOUL MOAT: Shooting Spree

THE HUNT: Raoul Moat

THE HUNT: Raoul Moat

IN 2010 Raoul Moat triggered a massive manhunt in the North East of England after shooting three people.

The victims of his shootings were his ex partner Samantha Stobbart, her new boyfriend Chris Brown, who was killed and PC David Rathband who he blinded by shooting in the face.

Lynda Machane takes a look at the man behind the manhunt.


RAOUL Thomas Moat was born on the 17 June, 1973 in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

He had a difficult childhood and was mostly brought up by his grandmother, because his mother was in and out of hospital due to her having a medical condition known as bipolar disorder.

After leaving school, Moat had various jobs including a panel beater, tree surgeon and bouncer.

Even from a younger age Moat showed a darker side, which spilled over in his letters to his then girlfriend Yvette Foreman, who lived in Rothbury.

Yvette describes Moat as a pleasant person, who she went on camping trips with when they were in their 20s, but that another side of him came through in his letters.

She told the BBC: “The only time I saw his dark side was in his letters. I remember he once talked about someone who was going to get done with a baseball bat.

“He was saying how he and his mates were going to take a bat to somebody because they’d fallen out with somebody.

“I never really paid it any attention, until now.”

Moat’s shooting spree that triggered the manhunt  took place just days after he was released from Durham prison, where he had been serving a sentence for assault.

After Moat was released, officers from the prison were concerned about his behaviour, particularly towards his ex partner and they informed the police.

According to an article in The Guardian, Moat had told officers in prison that his life wasn’t worth living anymore. He had received a phone call two days before being released from Samantha Stobbart, 22, telling him that their six year on off relationship was over.

Chillingly, according to a BBC article, Moat updated his Facebook statues to: “Just got out of jail, I’ve lost everything, my business, my property and to top it all off my lass has gone off with someone else.”

“Watch and see what happens.”

Moat was also a user of body building steroids, which can lead to aggressive behaviour and when detectives later discovered Raoul Moat’s dictaphone in the woods were he was hiding, it gave an insight into how he was feeling during those last days.

An angry Moat was reported to say: “For every piece of inaccurate information published, I will select a member of the public and kill them.”

A massive manhunt led police to the quiet village of Rothbury, where Moat was hiding in woods. Police tried to get Moat to surrender – at one time even former England footballer Paul Gascoigne turned up to try to get Moat to give up.

But none of the attempts worked and Moat died in the woods from gunshot wounds to the head. An inquest later ruled that Moat had committed suicide.

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Tragedy in Breton’s family.

In September 2011, Ruth Ortiz told her husband, José Breton, that she wanted a divorce him and that she planned to stay living in Huelva with their two children, aged six and two.

The following month, José Breton went to Huelva to collect their children and take them to Córdoba to spend the weekend with him. But they never returned.

José Breton called the police to say that the children had disappeared while they were playing in a park, prompting a search for the two children.

The search failed to find them and then police discovered film footage of Jose Breton going into the park alone – he had lied.



José Breton is known as the “monster behind the mask”.

But before he was given that title, he was considered to generally be a happy husband and father.

His wife Ruth admits though that Breton had been reluctant to have children, adding that if she wanted kids, then she would be responsible for looking after them.

He was obsessive in his behaviour – not touching doorknobs, unable to sit on bus seats and making his friends wash their hands when they came to his house.

This behaviour spilled over into the way he was with his children, Ruth and Jose – always insisting they were neat and clean and showing few signs of affection towards them.

After he became unemployed, his behaviour got worse and he was increasingly chauvinistic and regularly humiliated his wife, which led to the breakdown of their marriage.

Following the disappearance of the children, his wife Ruth feared he had kidnapped the kids to get back at her and Breton was arrested and questioned. Throughout he continued with the line that he had lost Ruth and José.

It was almost a year later, in August 2012, that the children’s remains were found on a bonfire at a property belonging to his parents. It is believed that Breton drugged the children before killing them and setting their bodies on fire as a revenge attack on his wife.



Breton was sentenced to 40 years in prison after a long and high profile trial and became the most hated person in Spain, earning him the title of the monster behind the mask.

He was described as a meticulous,  male chauvinist, controller who manipulated people and was unable to control his emotions.


I just want to see my children buried” said mum Ruth. Today she is still waiting.


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The Murderer of the Card



SERIAL killer Alfredo Galán Sotillo faces spending the rest of his life behind bars for gunning down six people in cold blood.
The murderer picked his victims at random and left a playing card on each of their bodies as Celia Alonso reports.


Alfredo Galán Sotillo was born April 5 1978 in Puertollano, Spain.

He was an introvert child, never causing any problems at school and went on to join the Spanish Army in September 1998.

He became the Corporal in the Paratrooper Brigade and later headed to Bosnia to do humanitarian work and was happy helping people who had suffered in the Balkan War.


Picture of Alfredo Galán

A turning point came in 2003, when Alfredo Galan was sent with his fellow soldiers to help clean up the Galician coast, which had been polluted following the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige.

Apparently Alfredo Galan was unhappy about doing this environmental work and it was in Galicia, where he committed his first crime – stealing a car, which led him to be chased by his superiors in the army.

In the same year,  Alfredo was admitted to a hospital in Madrid, where doctors assessed his mental state. They confirmed that Galán Sotillo suffered neurosis and and anxiety and he was prescribed medication. Unfortunately Alredo would mix this with alcohol, which acted against his medication.

As a result, Alfredo was expelled from the Spanish army, although he did quickly find a job as a security guard at Madrid airport.

Soon after though, Alfredo became a serial murderer – picking his victims at random, as if he was playing a card game. His weapon of choice was a Tokarev gun that he had brought back from Bosnia.

His first victim was an innocent 18-year-old who was just standing at the wrong place at the wrong time – a bus stop in Madrid. After shooting him dead, Alfredo left an  “Ace of Cups” card next to the body.

He used the same modus operandi with his second victim, a man called Juan Carlos Martín Estacio, who he shot in the head before leaving a playing card next to the corpse.


Image of some cards as the ones that Alfredo used

Later the serial killer went to Alcala de Henares, perhaps to escape central Madrid, where the media were talking a lot about the enigmatic “Murderer of the Card”.

It was here that Alfredo committed his most heinous crimes – the murder of Mikel Jimenez Sanchez and Juana Dolores Uclés, who was shot directly through her eye.

Alfredo then went on to kill Romanian couple George and Doina Magda, shooting George first in the back before shooting his wife at close range, while she cowered, covering her head.

Alfredo then tried to kill a further three people, but his shots missed his intended targets and they survived. Interestingly, the murderer left next to these people who survived, several cards of “2 Cups”.

After this Alfredo, perhaps tired of killing or feeling he had achieved his twisted goal, decided to surrender to local police in his hometown of Puertollano. There he confessed to being the famous “Murderer of the Card.”

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Alfredo in his way to the court in a police car

Some days later after pleading guilty, Alfredo continually changed his version of events, at one point saying he had not killed anyone, and claiming that a Nazi had carried out the murders and threatened to kill Alfredo’s sisters if he didn’t take the blame – a statement which was not given any credibility by the judge.

Alfredo “The Murderer of the Card” was sentenced by the Provincial Court of Madrid to 142 years and three months in prison for six charges of murder and three charges of attempted murder.


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Local Sainsbury’s cash machine stolen while being replenished

MASKED men made off with a substantial amount of cash after threatening security guards who were filling up a cash machine at Sainsbury’s Local, in Teesside. Reporter CELIA ALONSO investigates.


IT was a very normal start to the day for the Sainsbury’s workers and the Crescent Road neighbourhood.

But all that changed between six and half past six, just after the store opened, when masked men wielding a machete stole a substantial amount of cash from the supermarket’s cash machine.


Police cordoning the Sainsbury’s area

After making all the workers stay inside the store, the two robbers fled the scene in a dark car that had been parked up nearby.

Still reeling from the shock of the crime, nearby resident Sana Kapoor, of Crescent Road said: “I didn’t hear anything. Now I’m a bit afraid of leaving my house alone – I didn’t expected something like this to happen so close to where I’m living”.

Police cordoned the area between Costa Street and Aire Street after the robbery and made door-to-door inquiries with residents living within the police cordon.

David, a Teesside student living in the area, explained: “Police knocked at my door early in the morning, I didn’t know what was going on until they asked me for information.

“I didn’t hear anything as I was sleeping.”


Carrying out door-to-door inquiries

Later that morning a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there was a robbery at our Crescent Road Local store this morning. No one was harmed and we are working with the police on their investigations.”

Police finally left the area at midday letting Sainsbury workers reopen the store.

So is crime in Middlesbrough increasing or do people just feel less safe?

According to recent statistics, overall crime in Middlesbrough since 2003 has actually gone down.




















































No Data




















2003-2004 50.0 65.8 71.5 39.1 36.1
2012-2013 No Data 24.0 39.9 21.1 22.3


If we compare some of the crime data from Middlesbrough with the national data we can see why people are so worried about their safety in the city.

In 2011/2012 the Total Crime rate of Middlesbrough was 108.6 whereas the national rate is around 79.1. That means Middlesbrough Total Crime rate is 20% above the national rate.

So will the incident at Sainsbury’s be a one-off or is the start of more to come?

Well while fear of crime is maybe higher than actual crime, it is still a big problem for many that needs tackling.










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Second helpings: Post from Tees bit on the side

imageThe conference ended and so did our batteries. So to wrap up, the afternoon saw Paula Scher (introduction not needed), Sagi Haviv, partner at Chermayeff, Geismar and Haviv and, the ever entertaining, Chip Kidd share their thoughts, recent work and bookstore advice.

Paula Scher

(Talking about The Highline and social projects) You do all the stuff designers do and look at it and wonder why you do it… and it goes and changes the whole neighbourhood.

Beige is the colour of indecision.

You don’t proof read art.

Raise expectations of what things can be – this is what I think is the goal of Graphic Design.

The different disciplines have never been more connected, all things are possible. Exciting!

I work with people who will have a conversation with me. Not people who want A, B, C and D.

Sagi Haviv

(Still) the fastest connection we have between the brain and visualising an idea is the hand.

Chip Kidd

The better you are able to define the content of your problem, the better you will be able to define the solution.

If your in NYC visit The Strand (bookstore).

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Lunch bites Stateside: Post from Tees bit on the side

imageLunchbreak in NYC. So far we’ve heard from Chloe Gottlieb, interactive/experience designer R/GA (ex Razorfish) and Stephen Doyle, Doyle Partners. Teeser’s choice cuts from the conference so far:

Chloe Gottlieb

If we can design something should we do it? Is it useful to people?

Design is not just about form and function but must have personality.

People now expect interaction… (Telling the story of a child approaching a traditional poster and trying to tap it)

Stephen Doyle

Bring everything to the table… Your energy, passions and idiosyncracies are the key to a happy and fulfilled life as a designer.

Paths with turns in are much more fun than straight ones.

Thinking with your fingers.

I love making type out of none-computery things.

Design must be human.

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