A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering her 44-year-old victim on the day her trial was due to start.

Marie Metcalfe was accused of fatally stabbing Laura Metcalfe during a confrontation on Good Friday, April 7, this year.

The incident happened on Brougham Terrace in Hartlepool and emergency services arrived at the scene just after 8pm, where they took the victim to James Cook University Hospital. She died several day later from her injuries.

Today, Metcalfe, 41, of Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, admitted responsibility for the murder during a short hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

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Judge Howard Crowson remanded the Hartlepool woman in custody and told her she would be sentenced in the morning.

He said: "In order to pass the right sentence, I need all the right information and it's not all available at the moment. There are many people with an interest in this case, and to let them know, your sentencing will happen tomorrow, at 10.30am."

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A charge of assisting an offender against a second defendant, Kelly Nicholson, was dropped by the prosecution after she accepted a caution from the police.

Following the stabbing in April, Superintendent Martin Hopps, District Commander for Hartlepool, said: “Cleveland Police would like to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and there are no wider tensions within the community. 

"Police will remain in the area conducting reassurance patrols and anyone with information is encouraged to speak with officers or contact the Major Enquiry Team by calling 101.”