Mum’s plea to catch Hartlepool arson murderer

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THE distraught mum of a dad-of-three killed in a house fire has issued a desperate plea for help in catching her son’s killer.

Barbara Simon, the mother of murdered Hartlepool man Andrew Simon, has urged people to assist police with the investigation into her son’s death.

Police have asked residents to help ensure the 81-year-old, who lives in Hartlepool, gets justice.

She said: “Andrew didn’t deserve this, he was my son and I will miss him terribly.

“Anyone who knows anything, please, please contact police and help officers to find out who did this.”

Andrew, 44, died from smoke inhalation in hospital after flames licked through his home in Dent Street, in the Murray Street area of town in the early hours of Tuesday, June 11.

Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips, head of the Cleveland Police Murder Investigation Team, is continuing to ask residents to contact police with information.

He said: “This is a difficult time for Andrew’s family and his mother deserves to know who murdered her son and to get justice.

“Any small piece of information can be the last part of the jigsaw that we need to identify the person responsible.

“The fire started in the hours of darkness, a time when it may have been unusual for people to be out on the street; ask yourself did you see anyone?

“What would they have been doing on the street at that time? Can you help police?

“There is a team of highly trained detectives working on this case and we are determined to identify the person responsible.”

A 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of arson is also arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remains on bail pending further enquiries.

A 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was released with no further action.

Detectives can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.