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Teenage girls appear in court on murder charges

Two girls have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman found dead in Hartlepool that was committed when they were 13 and 14

The teenagers did not enter pleas to the murder of Angela Wrightson, 39, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December.

A post mortem revealed she had suffered substantial injuries and died as a result of blood loss.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, did not wear a wig and nor did the barristers during the 50-minute long administrative hearing.

The older girl wore a grey hoodie for the hearing and her co-accused had a black and white patterned top on.

They sat in the back row of the court, not the dock, with a woman in between them.

They will return to court on June 8 for a plea hearing.

Stephen Street, Hartlepool, last December. Credit: ITV News

45 chickens killed in allotment fire

Police are appealing for witnesses after an allotment was set on fire at Thornhill Gardens inHartlepool.

The incident happened at around 3.15am this morning (Friday 15th May) after a fire spread across three allotments. It caused hundreds pounds worth of damage and killed45 chickens that were in a shed inside one of the allotments.

The fire is being treated as suspicious. Anyone who has any information should contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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UKIP target Hartlepool attracts international attention

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert in Hartlepool Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert was sent to cover Hartlepool as part of their national television network's UK coverage. He told our reporter he was sent because "Hartlepool, Stockton South and Redcar is where the biggest political changes are in the North of England."

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Appeal to find out how Hartlepool man was injured

Police are appealing for information after a 26-year-old man was injured on Murray Street in Hartlepool.

He sustained significant leg injuries which could be because of a road traffic collision. It happened on April 19 between 10:30pm and 11:00pm.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.

Hartlepool's Great Escape suffers setback

Hartlepool's Great Escape plans in League Two took a knock today.

They suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Luton. However, that does not change their standing in the table as the two teams below them, Cheltenham and Tranmere, also lost their games today.

Meanwhile York were beaten 1-0 by Shrewsbury. The Minstermen are already safe from relegation.

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