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Driver 'critical but stable' after Hartlepool collision

A 21-year-old man from Hartlepool is in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in hospital following a collision at Sappers Corner in Greatham.

The man was driving a red Ford Ka when the collision took place at 9pm on February 7. The vehicle left the road and collided with a lamp post. The man suffered a broken pelvis and broken leg.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Death treated as 'unexplained' after body is found

Police are treating a man's death as unexplained after a body was found at the Headland in Hartlepool.

After the post-mortem it was revealed the man who was found was in his 30's. Credit: Google Maps

Officers were called to Heugh Breakwater at around 11.20am on Saturday, February 6.

A post-mortem has taken place and the man's family have been informed.

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Two arrested in Scott Fletcher murder investigation

Scott Fletcher

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher have arrested two more men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The two men, aged 31 and 32, were arrested earlier this week.They were interviewed then bailed while inquiries continue.

Scott Fletcher was 28 years old when he vanished on May 11th 2011. The father of two was last seen on May 11th 2011 at around 8.20pm in Durham. Although no body has been found, police are treating his disappearance as a murder investigation.

In December 5 other men were arrested on conspiracy to murder and all were released on bail.

Detective Superintendent Jon Green said:

Scott’s family has been informed of this week’s arrests however I would like to stress that a body has not yet been located.

Scott was reportedly last seen on May 11th 2011 at around 8.20pm near to the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill in Durham."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Green

Bogus roofers warning following storms

Hartlepool Council’s Trading Standards officers have issued a warning to residents to be on their guard against cowboy roofers who may be trying to take advantage of the recent bad weather.

Hartlepool’s Trading Standards Service has free ‘Say No To Doorstep Callers’ stickers which can be obtained from the Civic Centre or any local library.

Sadly we often find that bad weather encourages cowboy roofers and other conmen to come out and target the vulnerable.

Stories of ridge tiles being missing and tiles being loose can lead home owners to believe that they must take immediate action and allow a roofer to undertake work there and then – often at hugely inflated prices. In many cases we find that the work was not needed at all.

My advice is not to deal with anyone who comes calling unannounced at your door. If someone tells you that you have a problem with your roof, speak to your insurer if you have one and speak to friends or family who can recommend a good roofer to you. If you can, get a quote from several companies before committing to the work being done.

– Trading Standards and Licensing Manager Ian Harrison

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Robbery in Hartlepool: CCTV images

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CCTV images of men police want to talk to.
Police want to talk to these men following a robbery in Hartlepool

Police have released CCTV images of three men who may be able to assist with enquiries in a robbery investigation.

The robbery happened at around 12.30pm on Thursday (December 17) when a 65-year-old woman went to Yorkshire Bank on York Road in Hartlepool to withdraw cash.

As she left the bank, she was followed by three men. They followed her around the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and approached her as she sat down in BHS to try on a pair of shoes, placing her handbag next to her.

One of the men approached the victim and spoke to her and in the meantime, another of the men dipped into her handbag and stole cash. The three men then walked out of the store.

The first man is described as slim build, with short cropped hair with an Eastern European appearance and a foreign accent. He was wearing a cream padded jacket with blue jeans.

The second man is described as being of stocky build, with short cropped black hair with a widow’s peak and he was also of Eastern European appearance with a foreign accent. He was wearing a black coat, cream scarf and light blue jeans and black shoes.

The third man was of medium build with short, cropped, receding black hair and of Eastern European appearance with a foreign accent. He was wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

Two children seriously injured in Hartlepool collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after two children were seriously injured in Hartlepool.

A black Fiat Punto was travelling northbound on the A689 Belle Vue Way, at 2.30pm on December 23.

A girl, 5, who was in the vehicle suffered serious head injuries. She was taken to James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.

A boy, 10, who was also travelling in the vehicle suffered a head injury and internal injuries. He is described as being in a ‘stable’ condition at James Cook University Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old woman from the Hartlepool area, suffered soft tissue damage and a head injury.

Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet already contacted police are asked to contact PC William Parker from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 227060.

Two children seriously injured in Hartlepool collision

Cleveland Police say two children are believed to have suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Hartlepool.

The A689 between Burn Road roundabout and the B1277 roundabout is expected to remain closed for a number of hours following an incident at around 2.25pm this afternoon.

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