A woman has died after suffering significant injuries in an incident in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police have launched a murder inquiry after the “targeted attack” on an adult woman on Friday evening.
A force spokesman said the incident happened on Oxford Road.
He said: “Detectives have now declared a murder investigation after a woman suffered significant injuries and died in Hartlepool.
The incident happened on Oxford Road just after 9pm on Friday August 3.
“The victim, an adult female, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“Inquiries carried out so far have led detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack and a team of officers are working tirelessly to trace the person believed to be responsible.”
Social media posts show a forensics tent set up on open ground on the street as investigations continue.