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John Heald: I killed landlady by accident

A man accused of murdering Bridlington landlady Bei Carter says he killed her by accident and never intended to hurt her.

John Heald

53-year-old John Heald from Rotherham said he had armed himself with a knife outside his room at the Morayland hotel after overhearing two men threatening to slash him.

He said he got in a struggle when Mrs Carter surprised him and grabbed the knife and as they struggled she screamed and fell back.

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RNLI promote January safety campaign

More fishermen die in January than in any other month of the year. That's the warning from lifeboat crews at the start of a new safety campaign to try to make fishing boats safer.

The RNLI says too many boat owners allow their vessels to become unstable - risking their lives and those of the people who may need to come to try and rescue them. James Webster has been to Bridlington to find out more:

Family watch River Calder searches for father of two

Underwater police search are being carried out to try to solve the mystery disappearance of a father of two who went missing five weeks ago.

Officers from a specialist unit have spent the day scouring the River Calder at Wakefield to try to find Damion Vernon, from Bridlington, who disappeared after telling family he was heading to South Yorkshire to buy a car.

Today his family travelled from their home on the East Coast to watch the start of the search and continue their campaign to find out what happened to him. David Hirst reports:

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Father-of-two's disappearance 'destroying' family

Police have begun an underwater search of the River Calder in Wakefield for a man from Bridlington who went missing five weeks ago.

The family of father-of-two Damion Vernon travelled from their home on the East Coast to watch the start of the search and continue their campaign to find out what happened to him.

Damion, who is 32, was on his way to pick up a car in South Yorkshire when he went missing. Relatives and police say his disappearance is puzzling:

Underwater searches for missing Damion

Police will search the River Calder for Damion Vernon from Bridlington, who went missing before Christmas.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

Since the last confirmed sighting of him in Bridlington on Monday 8 December, Humberside Police have grown increasingly concerned for Damion Vernon’s safety.

“We have now put out several appeals for information, but so far have drawn a blank. Our investigations have not found any sightings of Damion since he left his vehicle on Sycamore Street in Wakefield.

“We were hoping that our appeals would provide some information to us that would give us hope in finding him.

“We do not have any new specific intelligence to suggest that Damion has entered the River Calder but we are now having to look at the possibility that this may be the case. We are now in a situation where we must search the waterways surrounding the areas where Damion was last seen.

“A team of specialist divers will begin a search of the River Calder on Wednesday 14 January 2015.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Baldwin, Humberside Police

New campaign launched to keep fishermen safe during 'deadliest' month

A new campaign has started to encourage fishermen to be vigilant during what is traditionally the deadliest month of the year.

New campaign launched to encourage fisherman to be vigilant during 'deadliest' month Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The RNLI say more fishermen die in January than any other month and have released a series of videos promoting safety in the trade.

The films give practice advice on keeping boats stable and hope to reduce the chances of fishermen getting into difficulties at sea.

New pictures in search for missing Damion

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Bridlington man Damion Vernon have released two new images of him.

32-year-old Damion was last seen on 8 December and it is thought he may have travelled to Wakefield to buy a car.

He is described as white, 6ft tall with a slim build and short wavy light brown hair.

We are growing increasingly concerned about Damion. He has not been in contact with his family over Christmas and his disappearance is very out of character.

By releasing these two images, taken as he went into a bank in Bridlington at 1415hrs on Monday 8 December, we are hoping that members of the public are aware of how Damion looked when he was last seen.

It is believed that he may have left the Bridlington area but we have had no sightings of him after the 8 December.

We are appealing for anyone who has seen Damion after the 8 December to contact us as a matter of urgency.

– Senior Investigating Officer Matthew Baldwin, Humberside Police
Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police
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