Detectives hoping for CCTV breakthrough in hunt for Hartlepool arson killer

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DETECTIVES are still on the search for homes with CCTV footage and continue to carry out door-to-door inquiries – as they look to make the breakthrough in a murder case.

Three and a half weeks have passed since 44-year-old Andrew Simon was killed after a fire, started deliberately, ripped through his home in Dent Street, Hartlepool.

Officers are still in attendance at the house every day and are continuing to speak to neighbours as they seek to unearth some key information.

And they are also still appealing to homeowners in the area who have CCTV cameras to come forward as footage may hold vital clues to the investigation.

Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips, who is leading the investigation, said: “We continue to have a presence in the area and at the property.

“There is a team of detectives working solely on this investigation and once again if anyone has cameras attached to their homes in the vicinity of the murder scene, and haven’t spoken to officers yet, we would urge them to contact police.”

Police distributed posters in the area and set up a dedicated hot-line for anyone who may have any information as they stepped up the search for the killer.

Officers have also thanked residents for their support throughout the investigation so far and continue to appeal to the wider community for any information which may prove vital.

Andrew, a dad-of-three, died of smoke inhalation after flames swept through his home at around 12.50am on Tuesday, June 11.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees where he died.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after police searched two houses in the town’s Rium Terrace and Furness Street, but was released with no further action. Anyone with any information about the fire can call the dedicated hot-line number on (01642) 302198.