Police release upsetting images of Norma Bell's torched home

Norma Bell's bedroom

Norma Bell's bedroom

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This is the devastation left behind at the home of Norma Bell after Gareth Dack tried to cover his tracks following her murder.

The 79-year-old woman, who lived alone in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, was a mother of nine and had fostered around 50 children.

Norma Bell's living room

Norma Bell's living room

Dack, described as a penniless small-time cocaine dealer, used a cable to choke her, ransacked her home, stole a boxed TV and £700 cash, and repeatedly used her phone to call sex lines advertised on the channel Babestation.

Detectives found the pensioner's underwear had been cut with scissors.

Dack started fires in Mrs Bell's terraced home last April and turned on the gas, hoping to cause an explosion to destroy the evidence.

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Norma Bell's living room

Norma Bell's living room

Norma Bell's living room

Norma Bell's living room

Outside Norma Bell's house

Outside Norma Bell's house

The recovered stolen television

The recovered stolen television

Norma Bell's recovered mobile, found in the garage

Norma Bell's recovered mobile, found in the garage

Norma Bell's mobile

Norma Bell's mobile

Bin placed against the back gate at Norma Bell's house

Bin placed against the back gate at Norma Bell's house