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Police officers hit by drunk driver

Two police officers responding to an emergency call had to be taken to hospital after being hit by a drunk driver.

The officers, from Cleveland Police, were on their way to an emergency call from a member of the public when the intoxicated driver pulled out of a junction in front of them.

The black Ford Mondeo collided with the police car on York Road, Hartlepool late on the evening of Thursday April 21.

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A spokesperson from Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit said:

"These officers never made it to the emergency call and instead went to A&E.

"Let's hope for a speedy recovery for both officers.

"Don't drink and drive. Even one drink can be too many!"


Boy, 9, injured in police pursuit

A boy, 9, has been injured after a police pursuit in Hartlepool

A green Peugeot 307 failed to stop for police on Grainger Street at 9.30pm on April 12. Officers pursued the vehicle along York Road, Raby Road, Hart Lane, Murray Street, Sandringham Road, Topcliffe Street and Zetland Road.

The Peugeot is believed to have collided with a 9-year-old boy at the junctions of Raby Road and Perth Street, as he crossed the road with his mother, causing minor injuries to his elbow.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drugs and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He remains in police custody at this time.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Man charged with murder of Norma Bell

Credit: Cleveland Police

A 32-year-old man arrested earlier this week in connection with the death of 79-year-old Norma Bell has been charged with murder.

He has been remanded to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Saturday 9th April.

Norma Bell was found dead following a fire at her house in Hartlepool early on Sunday morning. She had died before the fire broke out.

TV missing from murdered 79-year-old Norma Bell's home is found

Detectives investigating the murder of 79-year-old Norma Bell in Hartlepool have found a TV missing from her home.

Norma was found dead in her home on Sunday 3rd April in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool after a suspicious fire. A postmortem examination confirmed that she had died prior to the blaze.

The missing TV from her home was traced on Thursday evening. The Digihome 49” black LED TV had been bought in November last year as a present for Norma’s grandson and was in the box in her living room prior to the murder.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Alastair Simpson, said:

Yesterday, we released an appeal to trace a television which was missing from Norma Bells’ home. Following that appeal, we were contacted by a member of the public in the Hartlepool area and the television was traced.

I’d like to thank everyone that contributed in assisting the appeal by sharing it on social media. The television is a key line of inquiry in this investigation."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Alastair Simpson

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody today. Officers have secured a Magistrates warrant to detain the man in custody for a longer period of time.

Man remains in custody on suspicion of murdering Norma Bell

Norma Bell Credit: Cleveland Police

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Hartlepool woman Norma Bell remains in custody this morning.

The 79-year-old's body was found after a fire at her home on Westbourne Road on Sunday morning.

Yesterday detectives were granted more time to question a 32-year-old man who was arrested on Tuesday night.

Police have also revealed that they're trying to trace a television set, like the one below, that's missing from the 79-year-old's home.

The missing television set from Norma Bell's home.


Wrightson murder: Reviews by Safeguarding Boards will leave 'no stone unturned'

Following Angela Wrightson's murder, independent reviews are being undertaken by the Teesside Safeguarding Adults Board regarding Angela Wrightson and the Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board regarding the two teenagers.

Both Boards have commissioned the reviews on behalf of all of the agencies involved.

The purpose of the serious case reviews is to determine whether the actions taken by the teenagers, leading to Angela's murder, could have been prevented by the agencies who were involved with Angela and the teenagers.

Speaking of Deborah Jeremiah who is leading the review, Ann Baxter, Chair of the Teesside Safeguarding Adult Board, said they need to consider "all circumstances" leading up to Angela Wrightson's murder.

This is a tragedy for everyone involved and the Safeguarding Adult Review will consider all the circumstances leading up to Angela Wrightson’s murder.

Deborah Jeremiah is a leading expert in her field and I am sure that she will leave no stone unturned in identifying whether any lessons can be learnt by any of the agencies involved.

– Ann Baxter, Chair of the Teesside Safeguarding Adults Board
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