Hartlepool man remanded on foster mother murder charge

A man has appeared in court to deny murdering a former foster carer who looked after dozens of children.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 10:17 am
Updated Monday, 11th July 2016, 12:01 pm
Norma Bell

Widow, mother and grandmother Norma Bell, 79, was found dead at her home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, following a fire in April.

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Gareth Dack, 32, of Windermere Road, Hartlepool, appeared at Teesside Crown Court to deny murder and a separate charge of arson being reckless as to endangering life.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a trial starting on August 22.

Mrs Bell had fostered more than 50 children.