TWO teenage girls have been arrested following the discovery of a woman’s body at her home in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police say they are treating the death as suspicious and the two girls were taken into custody to help police with their initial inquiries.
Officers arrived at Stephen Street early yesterday morning, and the area was taped off as scenes of crime experts carried out a search of the terraced street.
Full details are still to be released by police, although the victim has been named locally as Angela Wrightson.
Ms Wrightson, 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.
One local shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, said: “The police were here first thing on Tuesday and the whole street has been taped off since then.
“Everyone knew who she was, she was always up and down the street and the police were often at her house.
“Nobody knows what has happened to her though, we’re all just waiting to find out as there are lots of rumours flying about.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police 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 suspicious.
“Two teenage girls have been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.
“A post-mortem examination will take place.”
Ms Wrightson last appeared in court in June this year where she was found guilty of making a number of hoax 999 calls to the police and ambulance while drunk.
Describing his client in court, her solicitor John Relton said: “My client has had a very torrid life, she is one of nine children who were scattered throughout the care system.
“It is no great surprise, therefore, she finds herself consumed by alcohol that has taken over her life.
“She does apologise through me for what she has done. Sometimes at her lowest ebb she does do this.”
Police are asking for anyone with information to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.