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Danny Posthill on his BGT experience

Twelve million of us tuned in to ITV last night (May 31) to see the final of the 9th series of Britain's Got Talent.

Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse took the top prize after their routine reduced judge David Walliams to tears.

But Hartlepool impressionist Danny Posthill flew the North East flag.

He had a whole host of new impressions for the final and ended up coming 7th out of the 12 acts.

If you missed it last night here he is, courtesy of Britain's Got Talent. Clip courtesy of Syco/Thames.

Danny also targeted the hosts, Ant and Dec. Clip courtesy of Syco/Thames.

Earlier, Danny spoke to Pam and Ian about his Britain's Got Talent experience.

CCTV released after bag theft in Hartlepool

Police have released CCTV footage after the theft of a bag containing valuables in Hartlepool.

The bag was accidentally left on the number 7 Stagecoach bus which was travelling through Hartlepool towards the Headland on Friday 3rd April sometime between 9.50pm and 10.10pm.

The owner of the bag left the bus at Thorpe Bridge bus stop and it is believed that a man who got on at a later stop sat on the seat next to the bag and may have concealed it under his clothing. The bag contained a white Apple iPhone 4S mobile phone, keys and a bank card.

Officers are trying to identify and contact the man in the footage below. Anyone who recognises him can call Cleveland Police on 101.


Teenage girls appear in court on murder charges

Two girls have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman found dead in Hartlepool that was committed when they were 13 and 14

The teenagers did not enter pleas to the murder of Angela Wrightson, 39, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December.

A post mortem revealed she had suffered substantial injuries and died as a result of blood loss.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, did not wear a wig and nor did the barristers during the 50-minute long administrative hearing.

The older girl wore a grey hoodie for the hearing and her co-accused had a black and white patterned top on.

They sat in the back row of the court, not the dock, with a woman in between them.

They will return to court on June 8 for a plea hearing.

Stephen Street, Hartlepool, last December. Credit: ITV News

45 chickens killed in allotment fire

Police are appealing for witnesses after an allotment was set on fire at Thornhill Gardens inHartlepool.

The incident happened at around 3.15am this morning (Friday 15th May) after a fire spread across three allotments. It caused hundreds pounds worth of damage and killed45 chickens that were in a shed inside one of the allotments.

The fire is being treated as suspicious. Anyone who has any information should contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.


UKIP target Hartlepool attracts international attention

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert in Hartlepool Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Swiss journalist Joe Schelbert was sent to cover Hartlepool as part of their national television network's UK coverage. He told our reporter he was sent because "Hartlepool, Stockton South and Redcar is where the biggest political changes are in the North of England."

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