Arsonists blamed for Tunstall Court blaze

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ARSONISTS have again targeted a historic mansion.

Firefighters were called to Tunstall Court, in the Ward Jackson Park area of Hartlepool, at 3.15pm on Thursday after arsonists broke in and set fire to a pile of rubbish near the staircase inside the building.

In March, police and fire chiefs issued a warning for people to stay away from the building after a fire, again on the ground floor.

Speaking at the time, Inspector Mick Brown, of Hartlepool Police, said: “The simple message is for people to stay away from the building.”

Tunstall Court, which has been a regular target for arsonists, is owned by Ruttle North East.

The firm has planning permission to transform the 5.4 acre site into housing.

Work on the historic building – which was put on the market with a whopping £4m price tag last year – is yet to start and Ruttle’s have refused to rule out demolishing the site.