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Hartlepool MP: 'It's not OK for a rapist to play football'

The MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, said he hoped his club did not sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans - as it would send completely the wrong message to other young men.

"I really hope we don't. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There's a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him - he is a pariah.

"I was at the match today. There were lots of young lads there supporting Hartlepool United. I just think it sends out such a wrong message to young men in terms of it being OK for a rapist to play football.

"It's entirely wrong."

– Iain Wright MP, Labour, Hartlepool

Hartlepool United's new manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign Ched Evans, and that it is a 'possibility'.

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Hartlepool manager would like to sign Ched Evans

Hartlepool United's manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ched Evans on the pitch for his former club Sheffield United in 2012 Credit: PA

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans had an offer to train with his former club retracted last month following strong local opposition to the proposal.

But Moore, who took over as boss of the bottom club in the Football League this week, has confirmed he could look to bring in 25-year-old Evans. He said after today's 1-1 home draw with Oxford: "It's a possibility.

"If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he's served his time and the boy wants to play football.

"If there is a chance he might come here, I don't see any reason why he shouldn't.

"He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn't apologised in the right way - and I know he has an appeal case pending - but if he gets on the park, he would go along way to getting us out of trouble."

Appeal to trace man after body found in Gateshead

Police have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a 42 year old woman was found at a house in Gateshead.

The discovery was made at a property on Hillfield Street in Bensham at 8:30pm on Friday, 19th December.

Officers are appealing for help from the public to find 41 year old Carl Anderson, as they want to speak to him in connection with the death.

Police want to trace 41 year old Carl Anderson Credit: Northumbria Police

Police say Carl Anderson has been living in the Gateshead area but has links to the Great Lumley area of Durham.

They do not believe he is a risk to the public and are appealing for anyone who sees him, or knows where he is, to contact Northumbria or Durham Police.

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Search for missing Katie heads to North East

Humberside Police say they are working closely with forces across the North East in the search for a missing York teenager.

Katie Free and her boyfriend Credit: Humberside police

19-year-old Katie Free was in the care of a treatment centre in Grimsby and went missing in Cleethorpes last Saturday. She has not been seen since then and police are growing concerned for her welfare due to an existing medical condition.

Katie is believed to be in the company of her boyfriend Will Gilligan (pictured) who is from the Darlington area and it is thought they may be travelling around the north east of England in the Hartlepool area using public transport and Bed and Breakfast type accommodation.

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