Andrew Simon murder: Mother's plea to find killer

Andrew Simon Andrew Simon died on 11 June in a fire in Dent Street

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The mother of a man who died in a house fire in Hartlepool has appealed for help in tracing his killer.

Father-of-three Andrew Simon, 44, died in the blaze in Dent Street on 11 June, prompting a murder inquiry.

Barbara Simon, 81, who also lives in Hartlepool said her son "didn't deserve" to die and would be "missed terribly".

A 40-year-old local woman, who was arrested on suspicion of arson and manslaughter, remains on bail.

Mrs Simon said: "Andrew didn't deserve this, he was my son and I will miss him terribly.

"Anyone who knows anything, please, please contact police and help officers to find out who did this."

Det Supt Peter McPhillips, head of Cleveland Police's murder investigation team, said: "This is a difficult time for Andrew's family and his mother deserves to know who murdered her son and to get justice.

"Any small piece of information can be the last part of the jigsaw that we need to identify the person responsible.

"The fire started in the hours of darkness, a time when it may have been unusual for people to be out on the street and we need to know who was in the area at that time.

"There is a team of highly trained detectives working on this case and we are determined to identify the person responsible."

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