POLICE sniffer dogs were called to search a derelict former cinema building after reports that somebody had broken in.
Three police cars and the dog unit could be seen outside the former Odeon Cinema, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, on Sunday afternoon.
But after a search of the property, it was confirmed there was nobody inside the boarded-up building.
The Grade II listed building, which has been dubbed a “grot spot” in recent years, opened to the public as the Majestic Cinema in 1936.
It later became the Odeon and closed as a cinema on October 24, 1981.
In the mid-90s it was given a new lease of life when it reopened as Caesar’s Palace nightclub and Jo Pools bar.
However, it has stood empty since that closed in around 2002 and fallen into disrepair.
Police officers were called to the building at around 5pm on Sunday.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police confirmed the building was empty after a search was carried out.