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PM to raise Lindsay Sandiford case with Indonesian President

Lindsay Sandiford

The case of a Redcar-born woman facing execution by firing squad is to be raised by David Cameron who is on a state visit to Indonesia.

59-year-old Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 for drug trafficking after she was found with cocaine worth an estimated £1.6 million as she arrived on the island.

The Prime Minister had said he would raise the case of Sandiford, 'in a way I hope will help the family concerned'.

On the issue of prisoners, I always raise these issues wherever I travel around the world, and will do so here.

I want to do it in a way I hope will help the family concerned, and obviously will listen to the concerns of the families and their views before doing these things.

That is the right way to proceed - to try and help.

– David Cameron

Sandiford admitted the offences but claimed she was coerced by threats to her son's life.


Man rescued after kayak capsizes off Redcar

The kayak that capsized in the sea off Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI

A man has been rescued by the Lifeboat crew at Redcar after his inflatable boat - which cost less than £40 - capsized close to the shore.

The 35 year old from Middlesbrough had set out from the South Gare before being carried by the wind and tide towards the Teesside Wind Farm, and then towards the beach in Coatham Bay.

The inflatable kayak had been bought at a discount supermarket and the owner intended to go fishing with it. A member of the public alerted the Coastguard, and the man was pulled from the sea by the Redcar RNLI crew. He was extremely cold and became unwell, and was given emergency care before being taken to hospital.

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

"This could so nearly have ended as another tragedy at sea. While the craft may have been very inexpensive it could have cost the man his life.

These boats are currently on sale in some of the low-cost supermarkets, and while at first glance they might seem to be a bargain, we would urge people to think very carefully before buying one.

The North Sea is a dangerous place, even when the weather is as fine as we have seen in the past few days. The man was thrown into very cold water, very close to the shore. He was only wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and didn’t have a lifejacket on.

At one point his body temperature was measured at less than 34 degrees. He was suffering from hypothermia and was becoming very weak. If he’d got into difficulties and he hadn’t been found he may not have been able to save himself.

I’d like to thank the member of the public who raised the alarm and then for guiding the lifeboats towards the man. They played an important part in saving the man’s life."

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

The RNLI standard safety advice before setting out in any type of boat is:

  • Always wear a lifejacket
  • Have a proper means of raising the alarm (e.g. flares or a VHF radio)
  • Tell someone when you plan to leave and return
  • Make sure the craft is seaworthy
  • Check that the weather and tides are suitable

More information can be found at the RNLI's Respect The Water campaign.

Redcar RNLI lifeboat station during the rescue Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI

Teesside steel workers vote to strike

The plant in Redcar was mothballed but then relit in 2012. Credit: PA

Tata steel workers on Teesside have voted for strike action in a row over pensions.

Unite the union accused the company's management of being on the verge of provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

Other unions had already voted for action.

A spokesman for Tata Steel said they were disappointed with the outcome, were facing a projected shortfall this year of more than £2 billion and hoped new measure announced soon would be considered carefully.


Labour win Redcar from Liberal Democrats

Winner: Anna Turley, holding a celebratory bunch of flowers, is the new Labour MP for Redcar. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Labour have won the former safe seat of Redcar back from the Liberal Democrats. Anna Turley is the town's new MP.

Redcar result breakdown:

Anna Turley (Lab) - 17,946 (43.86%, +11.11%) Josh Mason (Lib Dem) - 7,558 (18.47%, -26.70%) Chris Gallacher (UKIP) - 7,516 (18.37%, +13.90%) Jacob Young (Con) - 6,630 (16.20%, +2.40%) Peter Pinkney (Green) - 880 (2.15%) Philip Lockey (NE Party) - 389 (0.95%)

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