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UKIP target Hartlepool attracts international attention

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert in Hartlepool Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert was sent to cover Hartlepool as part of their national television network's UK coverage. He told our reporter he was sent because "Hartlepool, Stockton South and Redcar is where the biggest political changes are in the North of England."

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Appeal to find out how Hartlepool man was injured

Police are appealing for information after a 26-year-old man was injured on Murray Street in Hartlepool.

He sustained significant leg injuries which could be because of a road traffic collision. It happened on April 19 between 10:30pm and 11:00pm.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.

Hartlepool's Great Escape suffers setback

Hartlepool's Great Escape plans in League Two took a knock today.

They suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Luton. However, that does not change their standing in the table as the two teams below them, Cheltenham and Tranmere, also lost their games today.

Meanwhile York were beaten 1-0 by Shrewsbury. The Minstermen are already safe from relegation.

Teenager attacked with 'blunt instrument' in Hartlepool

Police believe a 19-year-old man was attacked with a blunt instrument in Hartlepool in the early hours of this morning, April 17.

A man was found by a member of the public at around 4:00am on St Abbs Way with head injuries.

He is now receiving treatment at James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a “stable” condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Husband on 101.

Drunk skipper who wrecked boat escapes jail

A drunken sailor from Hartlepool who put himself and his crew in danger when he crashed his boat into South Shields Pier has escaped jail with a community order.

Skipper Robert Trueman was in charge of the Grenaa Star when the vessel struck the pier at 6.30am on December 17 2013.

The damaged boat, which he privately owned, had two other crew members below deck when it started taking in water.

Police found the 54-year-old skipper on board and could smell alcohol on him but he initially refused to take a breath test.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how he was later found to be over the legal alcohol limit.

Trueman initially told police that another member of crew was in charge of the boat before admitting on February 24, 2014 that he was responsible and had consumed six pints.

A crew member of board the boat said he felt it was "very fortunate that nobody was injured or killed, the impact was so severe it could have sunk the vessel".

The vessel was so badly damaged it had to be scrapped.

He admitted being at the wheel when collision occurred.

The auto pilot was incorrectly set.

No one was wearing life jackets and one of the crew members couldn't swim.

The defendant by his own admission had clearly taken a quantity of alcohol.

– Graham Duff, prosecuting

Trueman, of Rowell Street, Hartlepool, admitted being an owner or person responsible for conduct of vessel contriving regulations.

He has been a fishing boat skipper for over 30 years and he has had his own boat for 25 years.

He is a man thought of highly in the fishing industry and he's helped others training.

He is a man who has earned the respect of the people in the industry.

This is not a man who should have been thought of as anything but wholly reputable.

He has received catastrophic damage to his reputation.

– Christopher Knox, defending

Due to your lack of judgement through drink the auto pilot was incorrectly set.

If incorrectly done it would steer as it did too early and that in my judgement accounts for the collision.

The two crew members below deck may have been injured or not able to get out. Fortunately no one was injured.

It is simply good fortune worse didn't occur.

I accept you are a man who is now showing genuine remorse.

– Judge Simon Hickey

Judge Hickey sentenced Trueman to a 15 month community order with 120 hours unpaid work.

He also handed him a £5,000 fine and ordered him to pay £4,536.18 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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