A man will go on trial on Tuesday charged with the murder of a 70-year-old who was killed in a street attack.
Terrence Carney had been using a cash machine when he was attacked in Hartlepool town center on Sunday morning.
Ahmed Alid, 44, from Hartlepool, has been charged with murder and attempted murder of another man.
He was charged at around 10pm on Monday following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and Cleveland Police and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.
Officers were called to a property on Wharton Terrace at around 5.17am and found a man being assaulted. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital.
Shortly afterwards officers found Mr Carney seriously injured on Tees Street, half a mile away, and he died at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.
As a tribute, two bouquets of flowers were left outside a property in Wharton Terrace where police and forensic investigators were carrying out investigations.
Detective Chief Superintendent James Dunkerley, head of North East Counter-Terrorism Policing, said on Monday evening: “Tonight’s charges follow a thorough investigation by North East Counter-Terrorism Policing and Cleveland Police.
“We believe this was an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone in connection with this matter.
“We are grateful for the support and understanding of the local community throughout this investigation, which has understandably caused concern among local people.
“We will continue to work closely with Cleveland Police colleagues to reassure those affected and keep them informed.”
Assistant Chief Constable Victoria Fuller, of Cleveland Police, said: “I am extremely proud of the bravery of the officers who attended, which enabled the incident to be dealt with quickly.”
“We would also like to thank the local community for their assistance with this investigation.
“Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Carney and the second man involved in Sunday’s incident.”