Tributes flood in for murder-probe victim Angela Wrightson

Angela Wrightson
Angela Wrightson

TRIBUTES have been paid to Angela Wrightson as two girls are set to appear in court charged with her murder.

Police launched a murder after the body of Angela Wrightson was discovered at her home in Stephen Street on Tuesday morning.

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have now been charged with her murder.

Ms Wrightson was a familiar face in her neighbourhood, though residents were reluctant to speak about the incident when approached by the Mail.

But with the area around Ms Wrightson’s home still taped off, tributes were paid to her on the Mail’s Facebook page.

Sarah Norris posted: “Oh my god! It’s my little friend from when I was in hospital”, while Gana Lee Robinson added: “How sad, poor woman xx”.

Denise Wain simply wrote: “Rest in peace Angela x” while Zoey Scott said: “This is awful. Poor Angie, she may have been a drunk but she never caused anybody harm. She did NOT deserve this. She needed help RIP Angie xxxx”.

Chunk Swanson said: “Hartlepool is getting worse, something needs doing about it”, Dawn Winter added: “Some lowlifes in Hartlepool. Poor woman wouldnt have even been able to defend herself.” and Kay McCann wrote: “Didn’t know you but nobody deserves this RIP”.

A Cleveland police spokeswoman said: “Police can now confirm they are treating the death of a woman whose body was found in an address in Stephen Street in Hartlepool as murder after a post mortem was carried out.

“Two girls aged 13 and 14 have been arrested in connection with her death and are currently being questioned by police.

“Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Ms Wrightson, who had a problem with alcohol, was well known to the police and the courts with drunken behaviour regularly getting her into trouble.

The 39-year-old, who was declared a “habitual drunkard” by magistrates, was given a two-year Asbo that banned her from buying alcohol anywhere in Britain.