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Investigations continue following armed incident in Hartlepool

Cleveland Police have issued the following statement regarding an armed incident at Titan House in Hartlepool this morning.

Police remain outside the house afternoon, however they do not believe there is any threat to anyone inside or to the public.

Police are still in attendance at Titan House in York Road Hartlepool but can confirm it is not believed there is any threat to anyone inside the building or to the wider community in Hartlepool.

People are being allowed into and out of the building, however, police are still investigating an incident which took place there this morning when they responded to someone armed with a firearm inside the building.

An investigation has commenced to find out if this was the case, but there is no reason to believe anyone is now under any type of threat or in danger.

– Cleveland Police

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Armed police remain outside Titan House in Hartlepool

Armed police remain outside Titan House in Hartlepool this afternoon.

Police cars outside Titan House, Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

Cleveland Police's armed response unit were called to the house at 10:10am this morning after receiving reports of an armed male in dispute with a tenant.

Enquiries are on-going.

Police cars outside Titan House, Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

Men posing as police 'steal cash from elderly woman'

Police are appealing for information after two men posed as police officers and stole money from an elderly woman.

There has been a number of similar reports about men targeting older people in their homes.

The most recent incident occurred at 5:30pm on May 2, in the Aldergrove Drive area of Easterside in Middlesbrough.

Two men approached an 84-year-old woman’s home, where they claimed to be police officers investigating money related offences and asked to check the victim’s cash in her home for “authenticity”. The two men have then made off with a substantial amount.

One of the men is described as being 45 to 50 years old, around 5 ‘ 4” tall, of big build and with short, dark hair. He was clean shaven, had a round face and was wearing a white shirt and black trousers.

The second male was wearing casual clothing.

A similar incident was reported at 10am on May 3. An elderly man claimed people had approached his property in the Green Way area of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, also claiming to be police officers, although nothing was taken in the incident.

Police believe the incidents are connected.

“Legitimate police officers will always produce identification upon request and I would encourage anyone who is uncertain as to the identity of someone in their home is always encouraged to ask for proof of ID and to contact the non-emergency number on 101 before allowing anyone in to their home.

“We have local neighbourhood officers working to reassure the communities in the areas around where these incidents have taken place, but I would ask that members of the public assist us in conveying this message to any vulnerable relatives or neighbours, particularly those who live alone, in order to prevent others falling victim to this kind of crime.”

– Detective Constable Kevin Carter

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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