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Police say they are treating a fire which almost destroyed a Grade II listed building in Hartlepool as arson.
Knife-wielding robbers broke into a couple's home, threatened the householders and then made off with their Christmas presents.
It happened as the teenager was walking to school this morning. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.