Man arrested after missing teenager is found in the Hartlepool area

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A WOMAN who had been missing for more than a week has been found in the Hartlepool area.

Fears had been growing for the welfare of 19-year-old Katie Free from Grimsby.

But police confirmed on Tuesday that she had been found in the Hartlepool area and a man has been arrested in connection with their enquiry.

A police spokesman said: “Katie was located in the Hartlepool area this morning and is now being provided with appropriate care and support.

“A man has been arrested in connection with the enquiry and is currently in police custody.

“We would like to thank the public and the media for their help in the search for Katie.”

Katie had not been seen since around 12.45pm on Saturday, December 13, in Cleethorpes.

She had been in the care of a treatment centre in Grimsby.