Charterhouse Street death probe: Police get extra time to quiz suspect

Detectives investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a Hartlepool house have been given extra time to question a suspect.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 3:12 pm
A police cordon at the scene in Charterhouse Street
A police cordon at the scene in Charterhouse Street

Cleveland Police officers were called at 11.57am on Sunday, September 15, after a report of a man’s body being found inside a property in Charterhouse Street, off Oxford Road.

A cordon was put in place as police begun their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death which was described as “unexplained” at the time.

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A forensic tent outside the house

Enquiries into the discovery of the man’s body are continuing but it was confirmed yesterday, Monday, September 16, that one man had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The victim is still to be formally identified and the 38-year-old man remains in custody.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We have been granted a magistrates’ extension to detain and further question the man.”

The extension comes as detectives make a new appeal for information – with various ways people can get in touch, from phoning directly in to the investigation team to completely anonymously online.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dimelow said: “Firstly I would like to reassure local people that we do not believe there is currently any risk to the wider public.

“Officers remain in the Charterhouse Street area to provide reassurance and residents are welcome to approach them with any concerns - or equally with information which could help us. We have installed a temporary base in Charterhouse Street itself as a focal point for the community who may want to speak with police.

“We have already had a number of people coming forward with information and I’d like to thank them for their help. House to house inquiries are taking place and we’re also examining local CCTV - as well as following up several other lines of inquiry. I do anticipate further arrests.

“In the meantime I’d remind anyone with information they can ring Cleveland Police on the 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the website or you can visit and provide information direct to the investigation team.”