Stolen car smashes into Hartlepool house after suspected burglary

Stolen car Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption The car hit the house and ended up on its side in a neighbour's garden

Police are hunting for a suspected burglar after a stolen car smashed into a house in Hartlepool in the early hours.

Cleveland Police said the Audi A4, which was travelling at speed, crashed into the property in Throston Grange Lane at 03:30 GMT.

It ended up on its side in the neighbour's garden and the driver fled.

The car, which was a write-off, caused extensive damage to the house, smashing windows, police said.

A spokesman for the force's road police unit said: "The vehicle was stolen during a burglary, unfortunately this resulted in some very poor driving. Luckily no one was hurt.

"Efforts are still being made to trace the driver."

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