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Teenagers appear in court charged with murder

Two teenage girls have appeared in court this morning (December 11) charged with the murder of a woman in Hartlepool.

Police were called to an address on Stephen Street in the town on Tuesday morning (December 9). The woman was later identified as 39-year-old Angela Wrightson.

The teenagers, aged 13 and 14, were at Teesside Magistrates Court and will appear next at Crown Court this afternoon.

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Hartlepool artist celebrates first international exhibition

Luke Walker paints with an adapted baseball cap Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An artist from Hartlepool is celebrating his first international exhibition which opens in Budapest later today (11th December).

Luke Walker has Cerebral Palsy and uses a specially adapted hat to hold his brush.

Luke Walker's exhibition opens in Budapest later Credit: Luke Walker

The exhibition is being held at the Magma Gallery in Budapest. Luke has already had several exhibitions in the North East.

Luke Walker's exhibition in Budapest Credit: Luke Walker

Two teenage girls arrested after Hartlepool death

Stephen Street, Hartlepool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Two teenage girls have been arrested after a woman's body was found at an address in Hartlepool.

Police were called to Stephen Street this morning and cordoned off the road after the body was discovered.

The victim has not yet been identified and police have confirmed they are treating her death as suspicious.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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Woman's body found in Hartlepool

Police and scenes of crimes officers are working at an address on Stephen Street in Hartlepool, where the body of a woman was discovered this morning, December 9.

Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death are continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Hartlepool sack manager

Hartlepool sack manager Paul Murray Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hartlepool have sacked manager Paul Murray following their shock FA Cup second-round exit at home to Blyth Spartans - after just 45 days in charge.

The 38-year-old former Pools midfielder had presided over just seven games at Victoria Park having taken over from Colin Cooper.

Murray oversaw five defeats, one win and a draw during his brief reign with the club, who sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two and six points adrift of safety.

Assistant manager Willie Donachie has also left, with Sam Collins placed in temporary charge.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Hartlepool United can announce that manager Paul Murray and assistant manager Willie Donachie have been released from their contracts.

"Sam Collins has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

Fine for leaving out wheelie bin beyond 7pm

Wheelie bins that are left out or abandoned in backstreets could trigger a fine for their owners, under a pilot scheme starting in Hartlepool.

Bins left out later than 7pm on collection day will be removed.

Bins will have to be taken off the streets no later than 7pm on collection days in certain streets. Otherwise, they will be removed, and owners could be charged for a replacement. Repeat offenders could get a £60 fine.

Witnesses sought to serious assault in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in which a man suffered serious facial injuries in Hartlepool.

A 35-year-old man was outside of the Little Black Book on Whitby Street at around 2.30am on Saturday (November 1) when he was approached by a man and assaulted.

The victim went to the University Hospital of North Tees, where he was treated for a fractured eye socket and cheekbone. He will require further treatment.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late twenties to early thirties, around 6ft tall and of muscular build with brown hair.

He was wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

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