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Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson from Cleveland Police speaking outside of court.
A man who murdered a Hartlepool grandmother before setting her home on fire has been given a life sentence, with a minimum of 33 years in prison.
Gareth Dack, 33, strangled Norma Bell last April, stealing a television, phone and cash from her house to fund his cocaine habit.
She was 79 years old, and had been a foster carer to more than 50 children.
Dack was found guilty of murder and arson by a jury at Teesside Crown Court.
He was given a nine-year sentence for arson, to be served concurrently.
Judge Mrs Justice Whipple told him: "It must have been a truly terrifying ordeal for Norma Bell. You would have overpowered her with ease. You knelt on her and used extreme violence against her. You committed a terrible crime."
A video outlining how Cleveland police pieced together evidence in the Norma Bell case which lead to the guilty verdict against Gareth Dack.
In a statement outside of court, Cleveland Police say the man found guilty of Norma Bell's murder, 'preyed on her caring nature'.
The family of Norma Bell spoke outside of Teesside crown court after the judge found Gareth Dack guilty of the murder of their mother.
Dack was also found guilty of arson.
The 32 years old father-of-four set fire to Mrs Bell's Hartlepool home in an attempt to cover up what he had done.
Norma's Family say 'forgiveness will never be given'.
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Norma Bell was described as a remarkable woman who had been a foster carer for 50 years, killed by small-time drug dealer Gareth Dack
The family of murdered Hartlepool woman Norma Bell have paid tribute to a much-loved mother-of-nine who had a heart as big as a lion.