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Whitby "under threat" unless piers saved

There are fears Whitby could be deluged by seawater unless urgent repairs are made to the town's ageing sea defences.

The east and west piers, which have protected the harbour from stormy seas for hundreds of years, could collapse at any time, according to campaigners. They are now calling on the Government to help pay towards the £8 million needed to do the work.

Kate Walby reports:

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Appeal to government to save Whitby piers

Whitby Pier Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

An appeal has been made to the Government for £3.8m of emergency funding to save Whitby's two landmark piers - amid warnings the situation is now "critical".

A delegation of politicians in the district has told the Government that the harbour and surrounding homes and businesses could be at risk from the North Sea without swift action to bolster its walled protection.

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Cleveland Way footpath re-opens after landslip

The section of cliff on the Cleveland Way suffered a landslip Credit: National Park Authority

A section of pathway along the Cleveland Way near Whitby has been reopened after the cliffside suffered a landslip. The National Park Authority was forced to cordon off a section of the popular walking route following the slide this week. The section is now open again to walkers after a local landowner allowed the Authority to re-divert a short section of the walkway through a nearby field.

A groundsman erects a fence to re-direct walkers around the landslip on the Cleveland Way Credit: National Park Authority

Part of Cleveland Way collapses into sea after landslip

Coastguards are urging people to keep away from the coast near Whitby after part of the Cleveland Way collapsed into the sea.

Temporary fencing has been put up around the landslip area which is just west of Saltwick Bay, not far from Whitby Abbey.

Humber Coastguard says the exact length of land that has disappeared into the sea has yet to be measured, but that it is "substantial".

Police believe missing Keith maybe in North Yorkshire

Police believe Keith Kennedy may be in North Yorkshire

Police believe a man missing from Hartlepool may now be in North Yorkshire.

Keith Kennedy who is 52 years old is described as 5'8" tall of stocky build with short grey hair. Officers say they received a reported sighting of him in the Whitby area at around 7pm on Friday September 19.

Cleveland police are concerned for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character. Efforts to trace him are continuing today.

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Woman left unable to walk by stroke will tackle Whitby's steps

A woman from York who was left unable to walk after a stroke will today climb Whitby's famous 199 steps.

After the stroke, five years ago, 51-year-old Jo Milan was only able to say three words: "yes", "no" and "nurse".

She spent a year in hospital, having physiotherapy and speech therapy, and is still recovering.

Now, she hopes to reach the top of Whitby's famous stairs to raise money for The Brooke, an animal welfare charity.

Whitby lifeboat called to man's "100ft fall"

A man is reported to have fallen more than 100 ft from Whitby's high level bridge into the River Esk - without an obvious injury, according to a social media posting by the town's lifeboat crew.

Whitby lifeguards pull boy to safety from sea

Lifeguards have saved a little boy who fell into the water from rocks near Whitby Pier and was carried out to sea.

A quick thinking member of the public threw a life ring for the boy to hold onto while a RNLI lifeguard swam out to rescue him.

The boy was given CPR and started to breath. He was then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

"Thanks to the quick actions of the lifeguards and members of the public the casualty was quickly pulled from the water. It is very unusual for anyone who isn't breathing to start breathing again on their own after just one rescue breath but its a fantastic result. We all wish him a speedy recovery. " said lifeguard Christine Milner.

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