Fishermen in our area have begun a legal campaign over the deaths of thousands of shellfish last year;

Coastguard and lifeboat teams launched what they have described as a 'difficult and complex' rescue operation to right a yacht that ran aground near rocks off in the dark at one of our areas beaches;

...and Police are appealing for the publics help to reunite items of gardening equipment with their owners.

 

Fishermen in our area have begun a legal campaign over the deaths of thousands of shellfish last year.

A report suggested algae was to blame - however the fishermen fear the deaths were linked to the release of the chemical pyridine as a result of dredging in the River Tees in October.

They say that smaller catches are threatening their livelihoods, and they have instructed lawyers to look at challenging the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

Between October and December, thousands of dead shellfish washed up along the coast from Seaton Carew to Whitby, including on beaches in our area.

The legal action could require agencies such as the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science to explain how their conclusions were reached.

A court could then decide whether their investigations had been conducted in a lawful and thorough manner.

 

Coastguard and lifeboat teams launched what they have described as a 'difficult and complex' rescue operation to right a yacht that ran aground near rocks off in the dark at one of our areas beaches.

Staithes Coastguard Rescue Team were called out on Monday night after the vessel was reported adrift at Runswick Bay around 10.30pm.

When the team arrived, the Dutch flagged yacht 'Phaedrus' was aground and listing to one side.

Working in the dark, rescuers set up lighting and safety provision so they, together with the crew from Runswick Bay Rescue Boat, could assess how to salvage the stricken vessel.

Staithes Lifeboat was called but because of the shallows and rocks, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat couldn't get close to the stranded yacht which had settled on its side at low tide.

Emergency services on scene then put a plan together to try and secure the yacht before the overnight rising tide could drive it further onto the rocks.

 

Police are appealing for the publics help to reunite items of gardening equipment with their owners.

These gardening items, which include a Kyobi hedge cutter and strimmer, were found at Saltburn allotments near to the Black Ash Path and Pit Hills Stell behind Hazelgrove Residential Park.

If you know who the items may belong to you should call police on the non-emergency number 101.


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