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Police investigate after woman is sexually assaulted in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after a 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Hartlepool.

It happened on Saturday 30th July at around 12:45am when the victim and a man left Yates Wine Lodge on Victoria Road. They made their way towards Middleton Grange Shopping Centre before he sexually assaulted her.

He is described as:

  • A white male
  • Around 6 ft ” tall
  • Of large build with a bald head
  • Between 40-50-years-old.
  • The man was wearing a dark top and jeans

Families say turning IVF into 'postcode lottery' would have been 'inhumane'

Families struggling to have children say they're delighted with a decision to keep fertility and IVF services in Hartlepool.

The NHS trust that runs them had said it could no longer provide them.

So the town's council took it to the high court - and won.

Couples have said it's the right decision, and that turning fertility treatment into a postcode lottery would have been 'inhumane.'

Watch Frances Read's report:


Fertility services to continue in Hartlepool: Council claim 'victory for democracy'

It has been announced that fertility services will continue in Hartlepool.

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust had previously said it couldn't recruit staff and so couldn't run a safe service. In April the council went to the High Court to appeal the decision and a new consultation was launched.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a public consultation in which it asked for the views of local people on where assisted reproduction services are located.

At a meeting at Hartlepool Civic Centre this morning the council claimed its was a "victory for democracy."

Man stabbed in Hartlepool

A man is in hospital with stab wounds following an incident in Hartlepool.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) responded to a callout at around 3.15pm on July 10. The charity’s aircraft, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport, landed at Raby Gardens.

A man, in his mid-twenties, had suffered a serious chest injury and the GNAAS aircrew inserted a chest drain before he was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.


North East UKIP member 'considering running for leader'

UKIP member Phillip Broughton has said he is considering running for leadership of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down earlier this week.

Broughton, a former professional wrestler, stood as UKIP's Hartlepool candidate in the 2015 General Election.

Broughton says there's an obvious vacancy as the party's only MP Douglas Carswell has already said he doesn't want the job.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“I think Nigel has done an amazing job for UKIP. He has made us the third biggest political party in the country, has done an amazing job in giving us our independence back and taking us forward as a nation. A man of passion, belief, who stands by his principles and an all round great guy. Now of course we need to look at who should stand for the leadership of the party and I must say, I am considering it.

We have only got one MP in Douglas Carswell and he has already said he doesn’t want the job. I think I have got the energy and I’ve done a lot of hard work in Hartlepool, I got the fourth best result in the country for UKIP in the general election and came within a whisker of winning and I’ve got a lot to offer.

I’ve been involved in politics and I also have a lot of life experience. I’m considering running, but also for 2020 or if a general election is called soon, but it is still early days. I’m passionate about Hartlepool.”

– Phillip Broughton

Police identify cyclist killed in Hartlepool collision

William Angus, from Hartlepool, died after a collision on the A689 on June 23 Credit: Cleveland Police

A cyclist who died after a collision with a car in Hartlepool has been named as William Angus.

The 58-year-old, from Hartlepool, was cycling on the eastbound carriageway of the A689, near to the Greatham turn off, when he collided with a car at around 5:30pm on June 23.

Mr Angus was pronounced dead at the scene.

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