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Climber died 'doing what he loved'

Police have released the name of the man who died after falling from cliffs at Kettleness near Runswick Bay on Friday 18 July 2014. Malcolm Hall, 51, was from Skelton near Saltburn.

Malcolm Hall
Malcolm Hall

In a statement his family said:

our family was devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Mac. Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what. It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved. He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support.

– Malcolm Hall family statement
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Family of climber killed in North Yorkshire release statement

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Malcolm Hall Credit: Family of Malcolm Hall

On Friday July 19 a 51-year-old fell to his death at a coastal beauty spot in North Yorkshire. Police have now named him as Malcolm Hall - affectionately known as Mac - from Skelton, near Saltburn.

His family have said: "Our family was devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Mac.

"Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what.

"It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved.

"He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support."

A man in his twenties was arrested for manslaughter and has been released on bail.

It has been reported the two were looking for the precious stone 'jet'.

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Police hunt man after abuse on train

British Transport Police are hoping to speak to a man as they investigate an incident on a train between Whitby and Middlesbrough at around 10.30pm on Friday 11 July.

CCTV
CCTV

A man, who police say may have been under the influence of alcohol, verbally abused staff on the train and then slapped one of them.

The man continued to shout at the victim and slapped him again before other passengers intervened.

He got off the train at Middlesbrough with a woman.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image is asked to contact police.

Police investigate climbers' equipment

Calendar understands that detectives investigating the death of a climber who fell from cliffs near Whitby have arrested the dead man's climbing partner on suspicion of manslaughter.

Scene of climber's death
Kettleness, near Whitby Credit: ITV Calendar

The 51-year-old victim, who was from the Cleveland area, was abseiling down the 375ft high cliffs at Kettleness last Friday when he fell. His climbing partner, a man in his twenties from the Whitby area, has been arrested and released on police bail.

It is understood that detectives are examining the climbing equipment the men were using to determine if it played a part in the tragedy.

Police appeal for witnesses after cliff fall death

An investigation is underway after a climber fell to his death in North Yorkshire. Officers were called around 12.40pm on Friday July 18, 2014 to reports that a man had fallen from a cliff in the Kettleness and Runswick Bay area. The injured man, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough where he was pronounced dead. Officers are appealing to walkers who were in the area at the time to contact them.

"This is a tragic incident involving two climbers who appear to have got into difficulty, resulting in the death of one of them. A full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened. The family of the dead man are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.”

– Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, North Yorkshire Police

A man, in his twenties from the Whitby area, has been arrested in connection with the incident. He has been released on bail.

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Crew died on boat with no CO alarm

Mark Arries & Edward Ide
Mark Arries & Edward Ide Credit: ITV Yorkshire

No carbon monoxide (CO) alarm was fitted on a fishing boat on which the two crewmen were found dead in their bunks, a marine accident report has said.

Mark Arries, 26, and Edward Ide, 21, both died of CO poisoning on the fishing vessel Eshcol at Whitby in North Yorkshire on January 15 this year.

The pair had left the grill of a butane-fuelled gas cooker lit when they went to bed. The grill was being used to warm the wheelhouse and sleeping area, said the report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

The MAIB, which had published an interim report into the tragedy earlier this year, said in today's report:

:: The metal gauze in the grill was holed and corroded, causing extraordinarily high levels of CO emissions;

:: The cooker was four years old and had probably never been serviced;

:: The wheelhouse door and windows were closed and the sleeping area had no other means of ventilation;

:: No carbon monoxide alarm was fitted;

:: Neither the guidance for the installation of gas appliances on board small fishing vessels nor the cooker manufacturer's instructions had been followed when the cooker was fitted;

:: Prior to the accident, the deceased were extremely tired and cold;

:: The vessel was not equipped for overnight sleeping and the heaters provided on board did not work or were damaged;

:: The management of the vessel was ineffective.

The MAIB said recommendations had been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency which were intended to ensure that the accommodation areas in all small fishing vessels were fitted with a CO alarm.

MAIB chief inspector Steve Clinch said: "This is one of several fatal accidents recently investigated by the MAIB where fishermen or leisure boat occupants have been poisoned by carbon monoxide.

"Clearly, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the sources of the gas, its dangers and the precautions that must be taken.

"There is no question that the fitting of CO alarms in the accommodation areas of all small vessels would help to prevent further similar tragedies from occurring in the future."

All-terrain vehicle stolen in North Yorkshire

Whitby police are appealing for information after the theft of an all terrain vehicle near the town.

This Polaris Sportsman was stolen last week
This Polaris Sportsman was stolen last week

Officers believe it was taken on April 28 from the outbuilding of a cottage in Goathland. It is a Polaris Sportsman, six wheeled, all terrain vehicle with a trailer. Together they are valued at around £4,000.

Power tools including a nail gun and drills were also stolen.

PC Neil Graham, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "The stolen ATV is highly distinctive as it has six wheels and I am sure that anyone who has seen it will remember the vehicle.

"If you can help to locate the Polaris Sportsman or any of the other stolen property, I urge you to contact the police straight away."

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