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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
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

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


Police want to speak to this man following two Hartlepool assaults

Police investigating two serious assaults which happened within minutes of each other early on Sunday morning (July 27) in Hartlepool, have confirmed they believe the same person is responsible for both attacks.

And investigating officers have today released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents, the first of which happened just after 4am on Sunday 27th July near the Grand Hotel in Swainston Street.

In this incident, a 24-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries and received treatment at James Cook University Hospital. He has since been discharged.

A second victim was assaulted at around 4.20am at a bus stop near Yates’ wine Lodge in Victoria Road. The 26-year- old man suffered serious head injuries and remains in a critical condition in James Cook University Hospital.

“We are releasing this brief CCTV clip in the hope that someone will recognise the man featured and tell us who he is.

Additionally, we would very much like the man to come forward and speak to us as he may be able to shed some light on exactly what happened early on Sunday morning.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King

The suspect, who police believe is responsible for both apparently unprovoked assaults, is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

He has tattoos on both arms.

Police appeal after two assaults in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information following two assaults in Hartlepool in the early hours of today.

A 26-year-old man suffered serious head injuries at a bus stop on Victoria Road at around 4.20am. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

A second man, aged 24, was assaulted prior to this on Swainston Street. He suffered serious facial injuries and is recovering at James Cook University Hospital.

It is unclear if the incidents are linked.

A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident believed to be related to these assaults and he has now been released on bail pending further enquiries. Meanwhile police continue to look for a suspect in relation to the two serious assaults.

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