Officers issued an appeal to find Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, from Hartlepool, who they want to speak to in connection with the killing. A murder inquiry was launched following the woman’s death from ‘significant injuries’ last night at around 9pm. Police said it was a ‘targeted attack’.
He was described as being 6ft tall with ginger hair and a beard. Officers have now issued an appeal to find Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, from Hartlepool, who they want to speak to in connection with the killing At the time he was believed to be wearing jeans and a grey checked shirt or top and it is possible that he left the area in a red Vauxhall Astra or Insignia type vehicle. The public was urged not to approach the man but to call 999 immediately if they see him. A woman, who does not wish to be named, has spoken of how the victim was found dead at the end of her path. She said: ‘I had the TV on and I saw flashing lights shining through the window. I looked out and I saw her on my path. ‘She looked young, it was just awful. I have been left traumatised by it. She was covered in blood and her eyes were still open. A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a woman who suffered significant injuries in a ‘targeted attack’ in Hartlepool ‘Forensics have been here throughout the night and the police have told me not to leave my house. They came out in white suits, they were in my garden. ‘It is scary to think the culprit has not been caught and he could be just walking around.’ Another woman, who also did not wish to be named, added: ‘It is completely shocking nothing like that has happened here before. ‘It is a family community, everyone is really nice, everyone is friendly.
You don’t expect it on your doorstep, not at all.’ Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson said: ‘Firstly, my thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the woman who was tragically killed last night. ‘Specially trained officers are supporting the family at this extremely difficult time. A Cleveland Police spokesman said the incident happened on Oxford Road on Friday ‘As part of our enquiries we would urgently like to speak to Torbjorn Kettlewell, also known as Ian Kettlewell, who is from the Hartlepool area. ‘Residents in the local area will naturally be shocked by what has happened and I would like to reassure them that we have a dedicated team who are working tirelessly on this case and all the necessary specialist resources are being made available to them. ‘Our enquiries so far have led detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack. ‘There is a visible police presence in and around the area of the murder. ‘Anyone in the local community who has concerns can approach any of these officers and speak to them about this incident.’ Oxford Road remains cordoned off as the police operation continues.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said the incident happened on Oxford Road on Friday. He said: ‘Detectives have now declared a murder investigation after a woman suffered significant injuries and died in Hartlepool. ‘The incident happened on Oxford Road just after 9pm on Friday August 3. The victim, an adult female, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. ‘Inquiries carried out so far have led detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack and a team of officers are working tirelessly to trace the person believed to be responsible.’ Social media posts show a forensics tent set up on open ground on the street as investigations continue. Oxford Road remains cordoned off as the police operation continues. A police spokesperson said: ‘Detectives have now declared a murder investigation after a woman suffered significant injuries and died in Hartlepool’ Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.