Vera Robinson MBE has died at the age of 101. She had been a fundraiser for the Redcar RNLI lifeboat station since she was 16 years old.Read the full story ›
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.
Sandiford admitted the offences but claimed she was coerced by threats to her son's life.
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."
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.
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 has won its former safe seat of Redcar back from the Liberal Democrats after losing it in a shock result at the last election in 2010.
Anna Turley (far right) was elected as the town's new MP.
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%)
Anna Turley has been elected as the Labour MP for Redcar, winning the seat back from the Liberal Democrats.
The count is underway tonight in the key Labour target seat of Redcar.
The Labour candidate Anna Turley is hoping to take the seat from the Liberal Democrats.