Woman fighting for life

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident

A GRANDMOTHER is fighting for her life in hospital after suffering head injuries.

A 61-year-old woman, named locally as Jean Pounder, was taken to hospital after police and paramedics were called to an end terrace house in Studley Road, Hartlepool.

The woman was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and has been described as being in a critical but stable condition.

The home has been taped off with officers standing guard while the circumstances surrounding what happened just after midnight yesterday are investigated.

Two men, aged 60 and 35, were arrested and taken to Hartlepool Police’s Avenue Road station to be questioned.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Shortly after midnight the ambulance service was called to a house in Studley Road.

“A 61-year-old woman from the house was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with suspected head injuries. She is currently in a critical, but stable condition.

“Two men, aged 60 and 35, were arrested in connection with the incident at this address and have been bailed pending further inquiries.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman added: “The call came through that a woman was unconscious with head injuries and she was taken to James Cook.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she was shocked to see police in the street when she looked out of her window yesterday morning after not hearing anything during the night.

She told the Mail: “They are such a quiet family. It’s a quiet street and we keep ourselves to ourselves.

“We haven’t seen her for about a week and the house has been quite dark, but they show rabbits. We thought they were away.

“You often see her going down to her allotment in Grayfields and she doesn’t bother anyone.

“She recently had a granddaughter and has two lads, one of them I think lives at home. They seem like a happy family.”

It is thought Jean lived in the house with her husband Dave. They are parents to Andrew and Jonathan.

Dave, 60, appeared in the Mail when his prize Belgian hare won a national title in the Adult Stock Show in Derby in January 2009.

At the time, the joiner by trade said he breeds and shows around 200 rabbits and hares and was secretary of the National British Giant Rabbit Association.

He appeared again in the paper just months later in the August when his allotment was torched and 50 of his prized pets were killed.