A 22-year-old from Hartlepool who groomed, abducted and had sex on a beach with a runaway 14-year-old girl has been jailed for six years.
A man from Hartlepool has denied stealing around £100,000 from his wife's vulnerable 91-year-old godmother.
Summer Lawson scored 100% in her SATs, the national tests every state school pupil takes at the end of primary school.
Police were called to a robbery today (February 7) just before 3.00pm in the car park at the rear of St Patrick’s Shops on Owton Manor Lane in Hartlepool.
It is believed a substantial amount of cash was stolen.
Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed an incident in the car park is asked to contact Cleveland Police.
Hartlepool Council are set to unveil a new blueprint for the town centre as part of a regeneration project.
Businesses, landowners and residents will gather today for the launch of the 'Hartlepool Vision' at the town's Maritime Experience.
Through 'Hartlepool Vision', the council hopes to bring new jobs to the town through the regeneration of eight areas of Hartlepool:
- Hartlepool town centre
- Jacksons Landing
- Trincomalee Wharf
- The marina
- Church Street
- Seaton Carew
- The Port
"The town has many great assets, such as Hartlepool's Maritime Experience and the marina, but we must build on that success with a bold and achievable plan for regenerating the wider area, especially unused sites such as Jacksons Landing and the Trincomalee Wharf.
"It also provides the opportunity to grow the town's advanced manufacturing,
energy and process sectors, drive forward innovation, investment and jobs.
"Our aim is to create major new retail and leisure facilities, increase the town's profile as a visitor destination and produce much-needed job opportunities.
"The unveiling of the Hartlepool Vision will mark the start of a discussion among Hartlepool residents, businesses and landowners, to ensure that the right decisions are made for the future of our town.
"The Hartlepool Vision will also pave the way for the creation of a detailed Masterplan which will explore in depth the full potential of the areas and propose realistic solutions for what can be achieved.
– Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council
"It sends out a clear message that Hartlepool is very much open for business and I hope that over the coming months everyone with an interest in the future of Hartlepool will contribute to the debate so that together we can achieve the very best for the future of our town."
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 16 year old girl from Hartlepool who went missing after college yesterday.
Sophie Bell was last seen by friends at around 4pm yesterday, (Monday 27 January) at the entrance to Hartlepool College which she attends.
She usually gets the bus home but did not return home.
Police are growing increasingly concerned for Sophie's welfare as she does not have a mobile phone on her and she has not gone missing before.
Sophie is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build with long straight brown/red hair.
She was last seen wearing a blue Barbour jacket, black or blue leggings and black and pink trainers.
Anyone who has seen Sophie or who knows where she is should contact Hartlepool Sergeants’ Office on 101.
A charity which helps to improve the lives of young people through football says it's enjoying success in the North East.
Street League Tees Valley, based in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, aims to boost the confidence and job prospects of 16 to 25 year olds.
The funeral of an amateur boxer who was seriously injured at a house party in Hartlepool is due to take place today.
Mark Denton was allegedly attacked on New Year's Eve.
The service will take place at The Borough Hall, the venue of one of his most memorable nights in the ring.
Police are appealing for information to trace missing 17 year old Callum McKie who was last seen at around 5:15pm yesterday near to Blakelock Gardens in Hartlepool.
Officers are becoming concerned for his welfare as it is out-of-character for him to go missing for this length of time.
He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with red writing, a blue waterproof coat, and grey jogging bottoms.
He is 5ft, with short light brown hair, clean shaven, with a stocky build and a pierced left ear.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A squirrel fell down a chimney and caused £7000 worth of damage in a Hartlepool magistrate's living room.
Margaret Bousfield, 64, says it set off a burglar alarm and tried to escape but ransacked the room by clawing the curtains, soiling the carpets and ruining a sofa.
Margaret Bousfield says:
"The disruption was unbelievable. My first thought was 'I'll just clean this up'. I didn't realise how long the damage would take to sort."
"The squirrel was going wild but (the neighbour) managed to open a window, it shot from the house like a bullet."
At first Ms Bousfield thought she was being robbed but instead faced a room smelling of soot and squirrel urine.
The room is now refurbished.
The cruise liner which capsized off the coast of Italy in 2012, killing 32 people, could be towed to the North East for demolition.
ABLE Middlesbrough is one of twelve companies bidding for the contract to dismantle the Costa Concordia at its yard near Hartlepool.
Anyone who has bought a toy doll with an animal design on the outfit in Hartlepool should return it to the seller. Hartlepool Council are concerned a doll that's been on sale at the town's indoor market could be one from China which has previously been subject to a national product recall.
Trading Standards officers are concerned the dolls may contain a chemical which when consumed has been associated with causing cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men.
"Whilst we do not want to cause unnecessary alarm, we want to make parents aware to ensure that children have no contact with these dolls. Young babies in particular will often chew soft toys and there is a real concern that they could be at risk."
"The remaining stock of dolls has been handed over by the trader and we are waiting on formal analysis before we can confirm if the dolls contain phthalates. An investigation on how the dolls came to be on sale in Hartlepool is ongoing."
"I would encourage anyone who may have purchased one of these dolls as a Christmas present for a child to ensure the child's parent is aware of our concerns. We would also welcome any information about other traders who may be retailing these dolls, unaware of the product recall."
RACHAEL READMAN, HARTLEPOOL COUNCIL TRADING STANDARDS