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Hartlepool United players to wear yellow armbands in memory of Jacob Jenkins

Jacob and his family Credit: Family photograph

Hartlepool United has announced its players will wear yellow armbands during tonight’s match against Barnet at Victoria Park.

Two-year-old Jacob Jenkins died days after choking on a grape at Pizza Hut in Hartlepool during a meal with his parents.

He passed away after five days in a coma at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

All proceeds from sales of the matchday magazine will be donated directly to a fund set up to help the family, which has now raised more than £18,000.

PM needs to do more to stop Chinese 'steel dumping'

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the steelworkers’ union, Community, has said the Prime Minister needs to do more to stop Chinese steel dumping.

His comments came as Chinese Premier Xi Jinping flies into the UK as the news that steel company Caparo has gone into administration threatening 1700 jobs.

135 jobs at the Hartlepool site are under threat - even though staff have been told to go into work 'as normal' while the company reviews 'its options'.

It comes after SSI UK went into administration at the beginning of this month with the loss of 2, 200 jobs at their Redcar plant on Teesside.

Roy Rickhuss, eneral Secretary of the steelworkers’ union, Community Credit: Dave Higgins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“The Prime Minister needs to do more than ‘raise’ the issue. He needs to tell the Chinese Premier what action he’s going to take to stop Chinese steel damaging the future of a vital foundation industry in the UK.

He needs to tell them that infrastructure projects will not be at the expense of UK industry and communities.

And he needs to tell UK steelworkers today when his government is going to bring forward the compensation package for energy intensive industry.”

– Roy Rickhuss, eneral Secretary of the steelworkers’ union, Community

Unions react to Caparo administration

GMB, the union for steel workers, responded to confirmation by PwC that steel firm Caparo Industries has gone into administration.

This is even more bad news for our members and their families. David Cameron needs to button hole Chinese President Xi Jinping, while he is in London with his 900 strong entourage, to get a stop to dumping Chinese steel in the UK below the costs of making it.

Amber Rudd needs to get on with the energy compensation scheme. Only Government has the power to act. Without immediate action the position facing steel workers is dire.

– Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary for West Midlands

This news is another devastating blow to Britain's steel industry. Caparo's workforce produce high quality finished steel products and has been battling against an increasingly challenging global market.

The loss of 1,800 jobs would have a serious impact on the communities around Caparo's workplaces. This news is a tragic reminder of the urgent need for government action to help our steel industry survive. Crippling energy costs and the dumping of cheap Chinese steel is threatening the very future of the UK's steel sector.

We will be working to support our members within Caparo at this difficult time and are seeking an urgent meeting with the company to understand exactly how this announcement will impact the workforce.

This is an industry wide crisis. It is vitally important that Britain’s steel companies hold their nerve and that government works with unions and the industry to build a sustainable future for UK manufacturing with steel at its heart.

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers' union

Hartlepool jobs at risk as another steel firm goes into administration

Steel firm Caparo Industries plc has confirmed the company has gone into administration, putting 134 jobs at risk in Hartlepool.

There are two Caparo divisions in the North East, Caparo Foundry & Forging Europe and Caparo Testing Technologies.

They are based at a site in Hartlepool, where activities include the forging and pressing of metal products for aerospace, automotive and other industries.

Administrator PwC has confirmed to ITV Tyne Tees that both fall under Caparo Engineering Ltd, which is on a list of 16 companies within the Caparo Industries group that are confirmed as under administration.

A spokesman stressed that all workers are still being paid and should go to work as normal while the company reviews all options, including selling the business.


Hartlepool man badly hurt in mobility scooter accident

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision in which a 67-year-old man driving a mobility scooter collided with a black Honda Civic in Hartlepool.

The collision happened at around midday on Belle Vue Way near to Brenda Road on Saturday (October 17).

The 67-year-old local man on the mobility scooter was taken to James Cook University Hospital with a broken pelvis, multiple fractures to his arms and legs and bruising.

He is in a stable condition.

The 30-year-old driver of the Civic, also from the Hartlepool area, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug about the specified limit.

He remains on bail pending further enquiries.

Fundraising for family of Jacob Jenkins raises over £18,000

Jacob with his parents Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A fundraising page to help pay for the funeral of Hartlepool boy Jacob Jenkins has raised over £18,000.

The page was set up by a family friend to help his parents 'take time off work and come to terms with their loss'.

Two-year-old Jacob stopped breathing after choking on a grape at Pizza Hut in Hartlepool on October 9th.

He died in hospital five days later.

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