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Whitby's piers "could collapse at any time"

The government's being urged to take Credit: PA Images

There are warnings that one of the piers which protects Whitby could "collapse at any time" as a plea for urgent government funding is made to protect the town. An appeal's been made to the Government for 3.8 million pounds of emergency funding to save the town's two landmark piers, amid warnings the situation is now "critical". A delegation of local politicians has told the Government that the harbour and surrounding homes and businesses could be at risk unless there is swift action.


Appeal to government to save Whitby piers

Whitby Pier Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

An appeal has been made to the Government for £3.8m of emergency funding to save Whitby's two landmark piers - amid warnings the situation is now "critical".

A delegation of politicians in the district has told the Government that the harbour and surrounding homes and businesses could be at risk from the North Sea without swift action to bolster its walled protection.

Woman's injuries "not suspicious" say police in Whitby

Police investigating how a woman suffered a serious head injury before she was found in Whitby do not believe there are suspicious circumstances.

She was found at 6:45am on Henrietta Street, in an area near the bottom of the 199 steps, which lead to Whitby Abbey. North Yorkshire Police have lifted a cordon they imposed around the area for investigations.

The woman, 45, was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and her injuries are no longer thought to be life-threatening.

Woman found in Whitby with life-threatening injuries

A woman was airlifted to hospital after she was found with unexplained life-threatening injuries on Henrietta Street in Whitby.

The area around the 199 steps, which lead up to Whitby Abbey, has been cordoned off while police officers investigate what happened.

The area around the 199 steps was cordoned off by North Yorkshire Police Credit: Bing

The woman, aged 45, was discovered at 6:45am with a head injury. She was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.


CCTV issued after Whitby cosmetic theft

Police are trying to trace this woman in connection with the theft of £600 worth of cosmetics Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police investigating a shop theft in Whitby have released CCTV images of a woman they are trying to trace in connection with the incident.

More than £600 worth of cosmetics was stolen from Superdrug on Baxtergate at around 4:50pm on July 5.

Officers say they would like to speak with the woman pictured as she could have important information which could assist the investigation. If the woman recognises herself from the images or if anyone else knows her identity, then they are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Newcastle MP calls for further investigations into Savile

A Newcastle MP has called for further inquiries into the behaviour of the disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

A report into Savile's connections with hospitals in Newcastle concluded he had visited on a handful of occasions from the 1980s, with visits appearing to coincide with the Great North Run.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust report concluded that 'nothing untoward occurred and there was continual supervision'.

The Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah asked the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt whether an 'overarching independent inquiry' into Savile was needed. Mr Hunt said such an inquiry was already taking place but he hoped that any further victims of Savile's abuse would be encouraged to come forward.

Watch their exchange here:

Savile: Whitby Hospital nurse allegation

A nurse at Whitby Hospital claims Jimmy Savile inappropriately touched her during a visit in the 1960s. The claim has been investigated by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of 28 Trusts publishing the findings of Savile investigations.

The investigation began after a former member of staff at the Whitby Memorial Hospital, which was demolished in the 1970s, made a complaint. Savile is alleged to have 'put his arms around her and touched her inappropriately', though not in a sexual way, and made an inappropriate comment.

She claimed Savile visited the hospital occasionally, sometimes alone and sometimes with a driver and was very 'touchy feely' and used to 'paw you'. She didn't make a complaint at the time but said she told him not to behave inappropriately.

It is important the NHS plays its part in investigating allegations relating to Jimmy Savile and we took our duty to do this seriously. Our investigation centred on a single allegation at Whitby Hospital, which was an isolated incident that does not appear to have caused long term harm to the individual concerned. Our investigation also highlighted that, 50 years ago, society was very different and we now have much greater awareness of the dangers to vulnerable people, with systems and processes in place to better protect them."

– Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Read more on the Savile investigations here.
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