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Hartlepool chimney demolition raises funds for charity

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Media captionThe demolition of Steetley chimney has helped to raise funds for local charities

A landmark structure has disappeared from the Hartlepool skyline.

The Steetley chimney has been flattened as part of work to clear the former chemical works site.

Raffle tickets offering the chance to blow up the 230ft (70m) tall structure raised £6,000 which will be shared between two local charities.

Dave Fricker, 47, from Hartlepool, and his grandson Jamie Browne, eight, won the competition to push the plunger to blow up the chimney.

Money raised from the demolition will be shared between Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The demolition was carried out at about 11:00 BST.

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