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'Targeted' woman murdered in Hartlepool street

Murder scene
Image caption The murder scene is still cordoned off and a forensics tent has been erected

A woman has been murdered in what police believe was a "targeted" attack in the street.

Police were called to Oxford Road in Hartlepool just after 21:00 BST on Friday but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said she believed the victim had been deliberately "targeted".

The force later tweeted that a 30-year-old man had been arrested in Hartlepool on suspicion of murder.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the woman who was tragically killed last night," said Ch Supt Alastair Simpson.

Police said the woman, believed to have been aged in her 20s but has not been named, died of "significant injuries".

Ch Supt Simpson added: "Residents in the local area will naturally be shocked by what has happened and there is a visible police presence in and around the area of the murder. "

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