A vehicle recovery operation will take place on October 2 after a dramatic rescue at Hartlepool docks. An HGV tipped over the quay with the driver inside. He was rescued unhurt by the fire brigade.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.