Man faces trial over death of grandmother who fostered more than 50 children

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A man will go on trial today charged with murdering a 79-year-old woman who fostered dozens of children.

Widowed mother-of-nine Norma Bell was found in her terraced home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April following a fire.

Asbestos recovery worker Gareth Dack, 33, of Windermere Road, Hartlepool, will appear at Teesside Crown Court charged with her murder. He denied the offence at a previous hearing.

Mrs Bell was a grandmother who had fostered more than 50 children.