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Police appeal to find missing journalist

Police are increasingly concerned for the safety of a Northern Echo journalist who has gone missing.

43-year-old Neil Hunter from Hartlepool was last seen at around 5pm on Wednesday in Seaton Carew.

Mr Hunter is well known as a court reporter, and previously worked for the Hartlepool Mail.

He is described as: 5ft 10 inches tall, slim build, with dark cropped hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing dark baggy trousers and a dark T-shirt.

Cleveland Police say he may have been carrying a rucksack, wearing a puffa style jacket and possibly wearing glasses.

It is understood to be out of character for Mr Hunter to go missing.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call police on the non-emergency number 101.


Woman found dead in Hartlepool named

A woman who was found dead at a house in Hartlepool has been identified as Angela Smeaton, 50. Police said post-mortem tests showed she had died because of a wound to her left arm.

46-year-old Paul Smart, who lived at the house where she was found, has been charged with murder. He has appeared before magistrates in Hartlepool and is due to appear again at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.

WW1: Families remember Hartlepool bombardment

At 8 a.m. on December 16th 1914 three German battlecruisers opened fire on the town of Hartlepoool.

One hundred and twenty seven people were killed. The youngest was just two years old.

In Kenny Toal's special report he speaks to surviving relatives who recount the terror of the first enemy action on British soil during the Great War and its legacy on our region.


Firm fined after worker suffered radiation burns

A Hartlepool firm has been fined after a worker suffered radiation burns.

The man from Redcar, who has not been named, has severe tissue damage to the middle, ring and little fingers of his right hand after the incident in September 2012.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted his employers, Mistras ETS Ltd for 'serious safety failings.'

The worker was employed at the Mistras ETS Ltd’s Graythorpe Industrial Estate premises in Hartlepool, where the company provides industrial radiography services, including x-rays.

The firm was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £4,930 in costs.

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