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Gareth Dack Found Guilty Of the Murder Of Norma Bell 

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Father of 4 Gareth Dack has been found guilty of the murder of 79-year-old Norma Bell. 

She was found strangled in her burning home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April.

Dack aged 33 has ransacked her home stole a boxed TV and £700 while she was dead or lay dying he used her phone to call sex chat lines.

Dack denied murder during the trail at Teesside Crown Court, He was found guilty today.

He started a number of fires in Mrs Bell’s house and turned on the gas in hope it would cause an Explosion.

Dack, who had borrowed £10 from his victim the weekend before, claimed he was not responsible and told the court she was a “wonderful woman”.

Forensic teams found a DNA match within the house with Dack clamming these were a result of him doing odd jobs for Mrs Bell.

Dack was questioned on why he refused to answer detectives questions after being arrested to which he claimed he thought the police were corrupt and had not wanted to help.

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Outside court, Ch Supt Alastair Simpson, of Cleveland Police, said Dack had interfered with Mrs Bell’s clothing and cut her underwear.

He added there was no evidence that he had sexually assaulted her, but said police had not ruled out the possibility.

In addition to being strangled, Mrs Bell had injuries to her ribs and shoulders consistent with someone kneeling on her.

She and her husband had three children of their own and six long-term foster children they treated as their own.

Dack is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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