November 2003

Paedophile found dead in home

A convicted paedophile has been found battered to death in his home.

The body of sex offender Arnold Hartley, 73, was found early on Saturday morning at his home in Redcar, Teesside.

He had suffered serious injuries to his head and face, and police have launched a murder hunt.

A 28-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were arrested on Sunday, but were later released “unconditionally”.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said it was not possible to say whether Hartley was the victim of a vigilante attack.

Hartley was jailed for 12 months in 2001 for making indecent images of a girl under the age of 14 and gross indecency.