Unsterilised equipment can lead to infection.

The real cost of a cheap tattoo

Hartlepool Council is the first in England to introduce a hygiene rating system for tattoo studios. The aim is to drive out the 'scratchers'

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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.

How canoe fraudster John Darwin tried to fake his death for cash

When John Darwin went missing in his canoe in 2002, police and coastguards were confused as to how he'd got into trouble when the sea was so calm.

What eventually unravelled five years later was an elaborate plan by John and his wife, Anne, to fake his death in order to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in life insurance.

  • March 2002 - John Darwin goes missing in a canoe off the coast at Hartlepool. He is presumed dead.
  • March 2003 - A death certificate is issued, allowing his wife, Anne, to claim more than £500,000 in life insurance payouts. By this point, he is back in the family home in Seaton Carew. The couple let their sons believe their father was dead.
  • 2006 - Anne and John Darwin move to Panama.
  • December 2007 - John Darwin walks into a London police station, faking amnesia, claiming he can't remember anything from the last five years. Anne initially expresses joy, shock and elation - until a picture emerges of them together in Panama the previous year.
  • 2008 - Both are jailed for fraud.
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