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.
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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Iain Wright has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Hartlepool.
The result is expected shortly in the UKIP target seat of Hartlepool.
Turnout is slightly up in the seat at 56.97%, in contrast to 55.48% at the last election in 2010.
39,602 people voted in the seat out of a possible 69,516.
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."
The declaration in Hartlepool is expected at 2.30am. While it is a safe Labour seat, it is a target seat for UKIP and the only constituency in the region that party leader Nigel Farage visited during the campaign.
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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 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.