Pictures have been released of specialist police officers launching a murder investigation after a man died following a serious incident in a North East street in the early hours of Wednesday (January 4). 

Police officers and ambulance crews were called to Sydenham Road in Hartlepool at 3am following reports of a 'serious incident'. 

A police cordon was erected for much of the day, with specialist forensic officers seen on the road and police officers manning the cordon.

Read more: Murder probe launched after man dies on Sydenham Road, Hartlepool

On Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland Police confirmed that a man aged 30 has died as a result of the reported incident.

Here are the images of the scene:

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Officers are treating his death as suspected murder and are appealing for witnesses or residents with CCTV or dash cam footage showing the reported incident to come forward with information.

A silver Ford Focus vehicle which is believed to have been involved in the incident has been seized.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the reported incident and remain in custody.

In the aftermath of the incident, pictures of police vehicles still at the scene have been captured - which show the cordon still erected.

Enquiries are still continuing in the area of Sydenham Road and police would ask that anyone living in the area with any concerns or information regarding the incident to please approach officers.

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Thank you to Cleveland Fire Brigade and North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for their assistance with the incident.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) can be contacted on 101 quoting the reference number 001829.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by phone at 0800 555 111.