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15-year-old girl missing from Hartlepool

Courtney Smith

Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old girl was reported missing from Hartlepool.

Courtney Smith was last seen at an address on Wingfield Close in the early hours of Sunday 21st September.

She is white, thin, with long blonde straight hair. She is believed to be wearing a red Adidas jacket and large silver hooped earrings.

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E-fit released after attempted robbery in Hartlepool

E-fit of the man police want to speak to Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are releasing an E-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted robbery in Hartlepool.

The incident took place at around 1.30pm on Wednesday, 20th August when a 48-year-old woman was approached by a man in an alleyway between Durness Grove and Brierton Lane.

The man forcibly tried to take her handbag and there was a short struggle before he ran off empty handed.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 8in tall, aged in his late twenties to early thirties with short, dark hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey bomber style jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.

Any witnesses or anyone who may know the identity of the man in the E-fit is asked to contact the police.

Robbery at Hartlepool's Asda by masked raider

A masked raider held up a security van and made off with its cash at a town centre supermarket.

A cash-in-transit van was delivering money to Asda at Marina Way, Hartlepool, in the early hours when a security guard was threatened by a masked raider who was wearing a balaclava.

He fled with a cash box from the van and got in a waiting vehicle.

The store was closed at the time and nobody was hurt during the robbery.

Police are speaking to witnesses in an attempt to identify those responsible and trace the car.

Help for women affected by post-natal depression

Stephanie Addison established a charity to help other women Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A mother from Hartlepool is offering support to other women affected by post-natal depression.

Stephanie Addision established the charity Raindrops to Rainbows last year, in the wake of her own experiences.

The Royal College of Midwives estimates that 59 per cent of women feel down or depressed after giving birth. Its survey, in collaboration with the parenting website Mumsnet, also found that 75 per cent of the women affected had not sought help from a midwife or similar professional.

Stephanie, who is a mother to three children, hopes women will turn to organisations like hers to ensure they do not suffer in silence.

"Not many people understand post-natal depression as it can affect people in many ways depending on the severity. It is an illness that more people should be aware of."

– Stephanie Addison, Raindrops to Rainbows

RNLI: Yacht fire was a 'very frightening situation'

The RNLI has described a yacht fire 10 miles off the North East coast as a 'very frightening situation'. The sailor abandoned the yacht and was unhurt.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool

‘Fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. We understand the boat was his home and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland, but it looks like he’s lost nearly everything.

‘He seems to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation. He launched the liferaft correctly and had everything he needed to keep safe, including a lifejacket, flares and water. He’s now being looked after by the Coastguard and we wish him well for his journey home.’

– Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden

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Sailor escapes burning yacht 10 miles off coast

A sailor had to abandon his yacht 10 miles off the North East coast after an explosion started a fire on board.

Hartlepool RNLI helped the man at 5.50am this morning (August 22). When volunteers arrived, the 38ft yacht was well alight.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Tynemouth

Man jailed after attacking ex-partner with claw hammer

A judge told a man he "could have killed" his ex-partner when he attacked her with a hammer because she had started a new relationship.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Geoffrey Pearson, from Mariners Point, Hartlepool, was "in a rage" when he turned up on the doorstep of Helen Crozier's home in Sunderland. He aimed for her head with the hammer but she put up her arms to defend herself and suffered injuries to her hands and legs.

Judge Sean Morris told him: "You are clearly someone who thinks they are entitled to control women. What you did on this day was wholly unforgivable."

Pearson pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed for eight months. He must stay away from Ms Crozier for five years under the terms of a restraining order.

Hartlepool nuclear plant shut down for safety tests

Hartlepool's nuclear power station has been shut down and will remain closed for an estimated eight weeks while safety tests are carried out, after a defect was found at a similar plant in Lancashire.

Hartlepool nuclear power station normally generates enough electricity for two million homes

EDF Energy, which runs both plants, said the tests were a precaution and no problems had been found so far with the plant in Hartlepool. Staff will continue to go into work but no electricity will be generated while the plant is shut down.

A defect was discovered in a boiler unit at the company's plant in Heysham, Lancashire, which has the same design at the 30-year-old power station in Hartlepool.

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