Messages flood in after death of Hartlepool character Lawrence Martin – while police seek relatives

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TRIBUTES have flooded in for a larger than life Hartlepool character who has died suddenly.

Lawrence Martin, who was well known in town for his flamboyant dress sense, was found dead at his home in Rium Terrace, off Raby Road, Hartlepool, on Thursday, June 5.

TRIBUTES: Lawrence Martin

TRIBUTES: Lawrence Martin

The 60-year-old used to be seen regularly attending Hartlepool United Football Club games at Victoria Park, and was often spotted around the town centre area.

He was known by hundreds of people in the town, and as news of his death spread they took to social networking site Facebook to pay tribute.

Nadine Caygill wrote: “Aww what a shame poor bloke.”

Alison Flint said: “Poor Lawrence RIP so sad xx”

Loretta Farmer added: “Awww poor Lawrence rest in peace x”

Philip Guard said: “Rip Lawrence, a Hartlepool legend.”

Rebecca Blades wrote: “I only seen him last week walking past work.”

Chrissy Stevens said: “Always remember classics such as ‘were all going on a summer holiday’ and ‘three wheels on my wagon’ being belted out in the town end [at Pools] by him.”

Amanda Brown added: “The town wont be the same! X”

Nikki Mcgarry added: “He will be missed by so many people, and he made me smile.”

Charlie Marshall said: “He used to dress better than half of the women down Church Street RIP Lawrence.”

Amanda Brown wrote: “The fella had style!”

Former pools player Robert McKinnon, who used to play in the left back position, added: “Sad news.

“Lawrence was a legend back in the day . R.i.p.”

McKinnon’s former team-mate Joe Allon posted his condolences on his Twitter page.

As the online tributes rolled in, Cleveland Police confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

They also issued an appeal on behalf of the coroner for members of Lawrence’s family to come forward.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “The Coroner’s Office is appealing for relatives of Lawrence Martin to contact them.

“Mr Martin was found deceased at his home address of Rium Terrace, in Hartlepool, on Thursday, June 5.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Martin’s death.”

Anyone who is a family member, or who knows their whereaouts or details, should contact the Coroner’s Office on (01642) 729350.