A man from Hartlepool has been found guilty of grooming, abducting and having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Sean Clode, aged 21 and from Hartlepool, will be sentenced next month. He has been remanded in custody.
Claire Montgomery reports.
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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.