Elderly Hartlepool couple in hammer attack

An elderly Teesside couple are recovering after being attacked with a hammer in their home.

Police said the incident happened late on Tuesday at the couple's home in Ryehill Gardens in Hartlepool.

The pair, in their late 70s and early 80s, were also threatened with a bladed weapon, but were not seriously hurt, a Cleveland Police spokeswoman said.

She said two men carried out the attack and escaped with a "substantial amount" of cash.

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