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Police want to speak to this man following two Hartlepool assaults

Police investigating two serious assaults which happened within minutes of each other early on Sunday morning (July 27) in Hartlepool, have confirmed they believe the same person is responsible for both attacks.

And investigating officers have today released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents, the first of which happened just after 4am on Sunday 27th July near the Grand Hotel in Swainston Street.

In this incident, a 24-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries and received treatment at James Cook University Hospital. He has since been discharged.

A second victim was assaulted at around 4.20am at a bus stop near Yates’ wine Lodge in Victoria Road. The 26-year- old man suffered serious head injuries and remains in a critical condition in James Cook University Hospital.

“We are releasing this brief CCTV clip in the hope that someone will recognise the man featured and tell us who he is.

Additionally, we would very much like the man to come forward and speak to us as he may be able to shed some light on exactly what happened early on Sunday morning.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King

The suspect, who police believe is responsible for both apparently unprovoked assaults, is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

He has tattoos on both arms.

Police appeal after two assaults in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information following two assaults in Hartlepool in the early hours of today.

A 26-year-old man suffered serious head injuries at a bus stop on Victoria Road at around 4.20am. He was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

A second man, aged 24, was assaulted prior to this on Swainston Street. He suffered serious facial injuries and is recovering at James Cook University Hospital.

It is unclear if the incidents are linked.

A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident believed to be related to these assaults and he has now been released on bail pending further enquiries. Meanwhile police continue to look for a suspect in relation to the two serious assaults.

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Police search for missing Hartlepool boy

Ryan Turner, 12, was last seen in Hartlepool on Friday Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 12-year-old boy from Hartlepool.

Ryan Turner was last seen near the fire station on Durham Street in Hartlepool, heading towards Corporation Road at around 8:30pm yesterday. He was wearing a turquoise T-shirt, grey jogging bottoms and black Nike trainers. He was also riding a blue and white boy's mountain bike.

Anyone who may have seen Ryan is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Costa Concordia will not be dismantled in Hartlepool

The director of a company based on Teesside said he was "disappointed but not surprised" that his firm had missed out on a contract to dismantle the Costa Concordia.

ABLE UK was one of twelve companies to bid for the project, which would have required the vessel to be towed to the firm's yard near Hartlepool to be taken apart. However, the contract has been awarded to an Italian company in Genoa instead.

The Costa Concordia sank after hitting rocks off the coast of Italy in 2012 Credit: AA/SCANPIX/TT News Agency/PA

Neil Etherington said: “We were confident that, given our long track record for dismantling offshore structures and ships for major clients and to the highest environmental standards, we were strong contenders for the contract as far as the technical requirements were concerned.

“However, given that the decision on which bidder should be awarded the contract was subject to approval by the Italian Government we were aware that there was a strong likelihood, and risk, that the preference would be for the work going to an Italian yard."

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