A 30-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money inside a charity box.

Officers from Cleveland Police received a call at around 3.10am this morning, Friday November 15, reporting a break-in at the Ye Olde Durham’s Social Club on St Aidan’s Street.

A charity box had been smashed and the money inside stolen.

A man was reported to have left the premises on foot and headed towards Oxford Road.

Officers arrested the 30-year-old man nearby and he remains in police custody at this time.

A spokesperson from the force said: "Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with further information is asked to contact Hartlepool CID on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 195989."