Police thank residents as the hunt for Hartlepool arson killer continues

Police at the scene of the incident in Dent Street.
Police at the scene of the incident in Dent Street.

POLICE have thanked residents for their assistance as they continue a murder hunt – and reassured people they are focused and dedicated on finding the killer.

Officers are doing all they can to make a breakthrough in an investigation into the death of Andrew Simon, 44, who died after an arson attack at his home in Dent Street, in the town, on Tuesday, June 11.

Andrew Simon

Andrew Simon

As part of the police’s campaign in their hunt for the person responsible, posters and leaflets were distributed around the area in the hope someone comes forward with vital information.

And officers are thanking local residents for their support as they look to step up the search.

Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips, who is leading the investigation, said: “There is a team of detectives working solely on this murder investigation and we have a visible presence in the area through patrols by neighbourhood police officers.

“I would like to thank residents for their support and response to the investigation and continue to appeal for information to the wider community.”

Mr Simon, a dad-of-three, died in hospital of smoke inhalation after flames swept through his home.

His distraught mum, Barbara Simon, 81, pleaded to anyone who may have information to come forward.

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

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after police searched two houses in Rium Terrace and Furness Street but was released with no further action.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hartlepool CID on the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.