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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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'Unprovoked and prolonged' attack in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for witnesses after a savage assault in Bruce Crescent in Hartlepool.

A 32-year-old man was attacked around 5.20pm last Friday (April 10).

He was punched and kicked in an unprovoked and prolonged attack which left him with a dislocated shoulder and numerous head and facial injuries, requiring treatment at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The suspect is described as aged in his mid-forties and of stocky build.

He was last seen walking in the direction of Winterbottom Avenue.

Man found unconscious in Hartlepool road

Cleveland police are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious in the street with serious head injuries in Hartlepool. He was found in the early hours on Monday 6th April.

The 24-year-old man had been with friends in the Hour Glass Public House until midnight. He left the pub and was found at the junction of Eskdale Road and Eaglesfield Road at around 12.45am by a member of the public with significant head injures.

The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital where his condition is considered to be “critical”.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Haytack said:

We are appealing for information so that we can put together a picture of the circumstances that led to the man being found in the street with significant head injuries.

There were reportedly three people seen arguing shortly before the man was found and we would appeal to anyone who may have seen these people or anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to contact us.”

– Paul Haytack, Detective Chief Inspector

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Armed police called to house in Hartlepool

Armed police were called to a house in Hartlepool after reports that shots had been fired from a window.

When ordered, a man and four boys (three aged 13 and one aged 12) came out of the house on Larkspur Close.

The property was then searched by police officer, who found an an air gun.

Cleveland Police say the man was given strong words of advice regarding his conduct.

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Appeal after Hartlepool attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked at the Showroom Pub on Victoria Road in Hartlepool.

The incident happened on March 22 at around 2:40am when the victim was attacked by another man in the toilets, causing serious head and facial injuries which included fractures.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Fisherman rescued from sea off Teesside coast

RNLI volunteers from Redcar and Hartlepool rescued a man washed into the sea Credit: RNLI

A fisherman has been rescued by lifeboat crews after being washed into the sea off the coast of Teesside.

The man was washed from the South Gare breakwater by heavy seas at around 3:40pm on March 21.

Lifeboat crews from both Redcar and Hartlepool managed to locate the man and he was pulled from the water. He was reported to be breathing but barely conscious. He was then taken to the Harbour Master's landing at Tees Dock before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said:

This was an extremely difficult rescue. We're at the point of some very high tides and there were strong winds. The crews reported seas up to 4 metres in height.

It is only by good fortune that he was found so quickly by the Hartlepool crew. They were at sea training on their new lifeboat, so they were able to find and rescue the man very quickly.

The North Sea is at its coldest about now, and he could easily have been badly injured or killed if the rough seas had thrown him against the rocks or the breakwater.

As far as I'm concerned he owes his life to the Hartlepool RNLI crew.

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI
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