DETECTIVES have confirmed that they are treating the death of a woman in Hartlepool as murder.
The victim, who has been named locally as Angela Wrightson, was found dead in her home in the town’s Stephen Street.
The emergency services had been alerted by a member of the public at around 9am on Tuesday, December 10.
A cordon was erected sealing off the street while detectives and scenes of crime experts carried out their investigations.
Two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14-years-old, were arrested by police. They remain in custody where they are being questioned in connection with the death.
Police are hoping that the victim can be formally identified over the next few hours.
Ms Wrightson, who had a problem with alcohol, 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.
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.