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Hartlepool MP: 'It's not OK for a rapist to play football'

The MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, said he hoped his club did not sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans - as it would send completely the wrong message to other young men.

"I really hope we don't. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There's a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him - he is a pariah.

"I was at the match today. There were lots of young lads there supporting Hartlepool United. I just think it sends out such a wrong message to young men in terms of it being OK for a rapist to play football.

"It's entirely wrong."

– Iain Wright MP, Labour, Hartlepool

Hartlepool United's new manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign Ched Evans, and that it is a 'possibility'.

Hartlepool manager would like to sign Ched Evans

Hartlepool United's manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ched Evans on the pitch for his former club Sheffield United in 2012 Credit: PA

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans had an offer to train with his former club retracted last month following strong local opposition to the proposal.

But Moore, who took over as boss of the bottom club in the Football League this week, has confirmed he could look to bring in 25-year-old Evans. He said after today's 1-1 home draw with Oxford: "It's a possibility.

"If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he's served his time and the boy wants to play football.

"If there is a chance he might come here, I don't see any reason why he shouldn't.

"He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn't apologised in the right way - and I know he has an appeal case pending - but if he gets on the park, he would go along way to getting us out of trouble."

Hartlepool United taken over

Troubled times: Chairman Ken Hodcroft and his company have sold their controlling stake in Hartlepool United to a company called TMH 2014. Credit: PA
The club is bottom of League Two with just 12 points in 20 games. Credit: PA

Hartlepool United has this afternoon been taken over.

Pools sacked manager Paul Murray earlier this month after just 44 days in charge following their FA cup defeat to Blyth Spartans.

The club is also bottom of League Two with just 12 points in 20 games.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft and his company have sold their controlling stake to a company called TMH 2014.

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Hartlepool remembers World War One bombardment

The service in Hartlepool this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
100 years ago today five German battle ships struck the North East coast. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Onlookers in Hartlepool paying their respects. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
As well as the service in Hartlepool, there were also events in Scarborough and Whitby. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Remembering the past: the service in Hartlepool this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
151 people were killed in the bombardment 100 years ago. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A ceremony has been held in Hartlepool to mark 100 years since the town was bombarded in World War One.

There have also been events in Scarborough and Whitby.

100 years ago today five German battle ships struck the North East coast. 151 people were killed in the attack.

Scarborough commemorates bombardment anniversary

Dignitaries have been laying wreaths and singing hymns at a ceremony in St Mary's Church in Scarborough to remember the 100th anniversary of the World War One bombardment.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of German shells were fired at Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby in the first enemy attack on British civilians during WW1.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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