A TOWN trader has slated national critics who have hit out at Hartlepool and its empty retail units.
Paul Turnbull, who runs the specialist coin shop Coinote International, believes Hartlepool is on the up.
Paul trades all over the world with clients from the Balkans, Ukraine and the southern hemisphere.
He also runs a shop in the town centre area and said he was “sick” of people who like to put the boot into the town he loves.
“Hartlepool has a lovely shopping centre and a superb market and it is great that new names are coming in,” said Paul.
He added: “We are getting more trade through the door lately as well. I do spreadsheets on my business and it shows I am getting more trade across the doorstep.”