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Huge costal search underway in Hartlepool involving police, coastguard & RNLI

A huge search and rescue Operation is underway in Hartlepool between Crimdon and the Headland.

Emergency services were stood down and returned to the area at 7.30pm before being stood back down at 8.30pm.

With temperatures as low as 4 degree's a search and rescue operation is underway in Hartlepool.

Emergency services descended on the area in search of a missing person. Police have not released details of the person they are searching for.

The police helicopter, Coastguard and RNLI have been searching the site near Steetley Pier in Hartlepool for a number of hours.

Coastguard teams have searched all Drainage Outflows and the beams under Steetely Pier which is the main focus of the search which was launched just after 4pm.

The RNLI was instructed to search the waters between the headland and Crimdon with outflows and the Pier being the biggest area of priority.

Police officers and a large number of volunteers from the Coastguard searched the beach and the dunes while the RNLI Hummer, offshore and inshore boat searched the water with beams.

The Police Helicopter searched overhead, covering a wider area but was stood down at 6 pm. The Coastguard and RNLI were also stood down just before 7 pm after there was nothing found after almost three hours of searching in cold conditions.

But then re-attended the scene just before 7.30pm following a confirmed sighting on the pier.

The Helicopter, Police, Coastguard and RNLI returned and began conducting further searches.

Cleveland Police have not yet confirmed who they and volunteers are searching for, but with the scale and length of the search, they must have serious and credible concerns for the person's welfare.

Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team have released a statement confirming they were searching for a missing person "Paged by Humber Coastguard to search for a missing person after belongings were found close to the beach.

"We conducted a searched along with Seaham Coastguard , Cleveland Police both lifeboats from Hartlepool RNLI & NPAS Newcastle along with our Senior CCoastalOperations officers from both Whitby and Hartlepool.

"After searching the area and nothing found we were all stood down.

"Just after arriving back on station we were contacted to say someone was seen on the top of Steetley Pier, Searches were again conducted by ourselves and colleagues from other agencies including Police Air support and Cleveland Fire Service. Again nothing was found and we were stood down."

All emergency services, Coastguard, RNLI stood down at 8.30pm following having found nothing within that location.

Frenzied attack: Police Officer, man and woman stabbed at Manchester Victoria Station

A police Officer, a man and a woman have been rushed to hospital following a frenzied knife attack at Manchester Victoria Station.

The motive behind the attack is not yet clear, eyewitnesses have said a long knife was used in the frenzied attack.

Police and members of the public overpowered the man before he was arrested.

British Transport Police [BTP] were called to the scene just before 9pm this evening as a man wielding a knife stabbed members of the public. 

Two members of the public, a man and a woman, and a BTP officer were taken to hospital with stab injuries. 

People travelling this evening feared it was a terror attack and were left shaken by the incident.

Sam Clack A BBC producer witnesses the incident tweeting “Just been very close to the most terrifying thing. Man stabbed in Manchester Victoria station on tram platform.

"Feet from me, I was close to jumping on the tracks as attacker had long kitchen knife. Totally shaken. This is seriously messed up.”

He said the incident was surreal hoping he would never witness anything like that again.

Replying to friends asking after his well-being, Sam said he was “fully shook”. 

“I’m still shaking, The guy was feet from me with a knife in his hand. Never been so scared,” he added.

BTP said in a statement: “Officers are attending Manchester Victoria station following reports of a man wielding a knife.

“We received the call at 8.52pm on Monday, 31 December.

“A man has been detained and two members of the public, a man and a woman have been taken to hospital with knife injuries.

“A BTP officer is also receiving treatment for a stab wound to the shoulder.

“British Transport Police remain at the scene along with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and the North West Ambulance Service.”

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