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Man arrested in Norma Bell Hartlepool murder inquiry

Norma Bell Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption Norma Bell was found dead in her house after a fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 79-year-old woman found dead in her house after a fire.

Norma Bell died overnight between 2 and 3 April prior to the blaze at her home on Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland Police believe.

Detectives said a 32-year-old man was in police custody.

Officers believe a "substantial" amount of money is missing from her home. Mrs Bell had been due to celebrate her 80th birthday next month.

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