Ukip's troubles in Strasbourg appeared to have little impact at the ballot box as the party won a council by-election with almost 50% of the vote on Thursday.
Tim Fleming won the Headland and Harbour ward on Hartlepool Borough Council with 496 votes following the resignation of a Labour councillor.
The support for the party, which has been strong in Hartlepool in recent years, came despite the leadership crisis and was on the day of the bust up in the European Parliament involving Steven Woolfe.
Mr Fleming polled 496 votes of the 1,009 cast - which represents 49% of the vote.
Labour in second won 25% of the vote. Turnout was 17.8%
Labour maintains its majority on the council with 19 seats, and Ukip are second with six.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, driving a motor vehicle with no license and driving a motor vehicle with no insurance.
It follows an incident on Maxwell Road, Hartlepool, at 4.15am on October 4. Police found a 21-year-old man with serious injuries to both legs. The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital.
Three other people who were arrested have been released on bail.
Four people have been arrested after a man was found with serious injuries in Hartlepool.
Police were called to Maxwell Road at 4.15am on October 4. The found a 21-year-old man with serious injuries to both legs. The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he remains.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged incident – three men aged 29, 47 and 27 and a 23-year-old woman and they remain in custody awaiting questioning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Police are appealing to trace the driver of a white van who failed to stop after hitting a cyclist.
The collision happened at around 7.30pm on September 19 at the junction of Sandringham Road and Murray Street.
The 41-year-old cyclist was left lying in the street following the collision. He was taken to hospital with a cut to the head and grazes.
The van could possibly be a new Ford Transit Connect. The driver did not stop.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
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A man has died after falling overboard a fishing boat off the coast of Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that the man's foot became tangled in the ropes of a fiishing net, and he fell into the water.
The man, aged 22, had been fishing with his brother, nephew and a female when the accident happened at 7.25pm on Friday.
He was in the water for a very short time before he was pulled into an RNLI lifeboat.
Sadly, he could not be saved and has since been confirmed dead.
A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling from scaffolding in Hartlepool. The 46 year old is believed to have fallen around four feet and suffered a back injury.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the incident which happened in Nenthead, Cumbria, at around 4:40pm.
He was treated by the GNAAS doctor and paramedic team before he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he arrived in a stable condition.
Sixteen-year-old Amy Hatch has been found safe and well after going missing from her Hartlepool home.
The teenager went missing from her home in York Road in the town on last Tuesday.