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Thousands brave weather for end of Whitby regatta

Thousands of people have been braving the weather at Whitby regatta which comes to a close tonight.

Crowds brave the weather for the end of Whitby regatta Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Red Arrows have been one of the highlights of the annual three day event as they staged a full display yesterday evening. But the bad weather forced the rowing races to be postponed.

Red Arrows in full flight at Whitby Regatta Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Flintoff set for Whitby raft race

Former England cricket all-rounder Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is set to swap the crease for a taste of high seas adventure when he is expected to take part in a raft race at this weekend's Whitby Regatta.

The 36-year-old, who retired from international Test cricket five years ago, is filming a series for Sky1 called "Flintoff: Lord of the Flies", in which he and a friend tour the country in an eco-friendly mobile fish and chip van and take part in local events.

Thousands of visitors are expected in Whitby for the three day regatta, which begins on Saturday. The raft race, which is held in the harbour, is at 4pm, on Saturday. The Red Arrows are scheduled to fly their aerobatic display at 6.30pm on Sunday.

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

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

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'.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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