Man arrested over murder of Hartlepool OAP Norma Bell
A man is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of the murder of a pensioner found dead after a blaze at her Hartlepool home.
Cleveland Police arrested the 32-year-old overnight in connection with the death of 79-year-old Norma Bell, whose body was discovered at her home in Westbourne Road on Sunday.
He remains in custody,
Officers leading the investigation have confirmed she had died before a fire was reported at the property.
An amount of cash - said to be in the hundreds of pounds - appears to have been taken from her home.
Norma’s handbag which also appeared to be missing from the address has since been found in the house.
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She had lived at the address for 27 years and was due to celebrate her 80th birthday next month.
The mum-of-three was a foster mother to more than 50 children.
Anyone with information can call Cleveland Police on 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”