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Friend arrested for manslaughter over man's cliff fall death in North Yorkshire

Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay
Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a 51-year-old man fell from a cliff at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay, and died in hospital.

A man in his twenties from the Whitby area, has been arrested in connection with the incident. He has been released on bail.

Walkers who were in the Kettleness and Runswick Bay area on July 18 are being asked to contact police.

The man was from the Cleveland area. His name has not yet been released.

"This is a tragic incident involving two climbers who appear to have got into difficulty, resulting in the death of one of them. A full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened. The family of the dead man are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.”

– Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith

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North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

Lorry driver dead following collision

A lorry driver died at the scene of a collision on the A19 near Thimbleby between Northallerton and Thirsk earlier today (July 17).

The road remains closed in both directions and is likely to remain closed into the early hours of the morning (July 18).

This is to allow collision investigators to examine the scene and recover the vehicles. In this case, specialist recovery equipment is required.

The collision occurred around 2.50pm on Thursday 17 July and involved the lorry and a crop sprayer. Both vehicles were travelling north-bound on the A19.

The lorry collided with the crop sprayer, crossed the central reservation, before leaving the south-bound carriageway near the Thimbleby turnoff. It came to rest in a wooded area at the side of the road.

The driver of the crop sprayer was uninjured.

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47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

More than 28 people have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Doctors, teachers and former police officers - from our region - are amongst the 660 suspected paedophiles who have been arrested in the biggest operation of its kind.

The six month long action has been led by The National Crime Agency.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham and Northumbria Police have arrested 19 people.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

Mike Ashley bows out of Sports Direct profit-share scheme

Mike Ashley
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Mike Ashley has bowed out of a controversial profit-share scheme which could see 3,000 permanent staff receive a piece of £200m if profits double in 2019.

The scheme recently came under fire from investors groups and the Institute of Directors who were planning to vote against Chairman Keith Hellawell and other board members because they were unhappy with the arrangement.

In a statement on the Sport's Direct website today the company confirms that despite approval from a panel of independent shareholders that he could receive a payout he has - after discussions with the board - decided to refuse his payout.

Keith Hellawell, Non-Executive Chairman of Sports Direct International plc, said:

"The resolution passed by shareholders to implement the 2015 Bonus Share Scheme clearly recognises the success of previous company-wide schemes, and the significant contribution from Mike.

"On behalf of the entire Board, I should like to thank shareholders for the trust and confidence that they have demonstrated towards the team.

"Mike remains fully committed to achieving the scheme's stretch targets. Regarding the allocation of shares, Mike's focus is on ensuring that the scheme aligns all employees to achieve the Company's objectives.

"Following recent unhelpful speculation surrounding his potential allocation, he is determined to ensure that there is the maximum number of shares available for the eligible employees."

Mike Ashley has not received a salary or any bonus since Sports Direct was floated in 2007 when he received £929m.

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