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Fine for leaving out wheelie bin beyond 7pm

Wheelie bins that are left out or abandoned in backstreets could trigger a fine for their owners, under a pilot scheme starting in Hartlepool.

Bins left out later than 7pm on collection day will be removed.

Bins will have to be taken off the streets no later than 7pm on collection days in certain streets. Otherwise, they will be removed, and owners could be charged for a replacement. Repeat offenders could get a £60 fine.

Witnesses sought to serious assault in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in which a man suffered serious facial injuries in Hartlepool.

A 35-year-old man was outside of the Little Black Book on Whitby Street at around 2.30am on Saturday (November 1) when he was approached by a man and assaulted.

The victim went to the University Hospital of North Tees, where he was treated for a fractured eye socket and cheekbone. He will require further treatment.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late twenties to early thirties, around 6ft tall and of muscular build with brown hair.

He was wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

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Woman raped by stranger in Hartlepool

A woman has been raped in Hartlepool. She was walking near Oval Grange in the town when an unknown man approached her before carrying out the serious sexual assault and making off.

It happened on Thursday, 30th October at about 1am.

Cleveland Police said the victim is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Police investigation after man found with head injuries

Officers are continuing to investigate how a man came about his injuries in Hartlepool.

The man was found with head injuries by children in a field off Friar Street on the evening of Saturday, 25th October. He is currently in James Cook University Hospital in a critical condition.

Officers know that an international martial arts event was being held nearby that night, at the Borough Hall on Middlegate, and that the event finished at 9pm. The man was found a short distance away at around 10pm and so officers would like to speak to anyone leaving the event who may have witnessed anything that may assist the investigation.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man, or how he came about his injuries, should contact the police.

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Campaigners: Reinstate hospital services in Hartlepool

Campaigners have called for some hospital services to be reinstated in Hartlepool after a decision was made to stop work on a new hospital on Teesside.

The trust wanted to build a £300m pound hospital between North Tees and Hartlepool, but it would have meant closing both those sites.

The work was paused due to a lack of financial and political support. But millions had already been spent, and services moved away from Hartlepool.

Kevin Fisher from the Save our Hospital campaign:

The funeral of Rhys Hewitt to take place

Rhys Hewitt

The funeral of a 14-year-old boy, who was killed when he was hit by a car, takes place today (October 24). Rhys Hewitt died in James Cook University Hospital following the accident on Brenda Road in Hartlepool, on Wednesday October 15. Tributes have been paid at his school, English Martyrs, and by the local youth football team. Today's service will be held at St Patrick's Church in the town.

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