Scrappers are racing against time to dismantle a former Royal Navy minesweeper before it sinks.

Scrappers are racing against time to dismantle a former Royal Navy minesweeper before it sinks. Kellington, which had been sitting idle at Stockton on Tees since being vacated by the Sea Cadets several years ago, started to sink after being vandalised at the weekend.

Booms have been placed around the 440-ton vessel to contain any contamination, and pumps have been working to try and stabilise the situation. Able UK, which recently took delivery of the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau for scrapping, has been awarded a contract to dispose of the minesweeper.

The company hopes to move the ship to a slipway near to the Tees barrage for demolition. Kellington was built in 1955 and spent much of her later naval career with Sussex Division of the Royal Navy Reserve.