Murder charges after party death

Halstead Gazette: Mark Denton died in hospital after he was seriously injured at a party in Hartlepool Mark Denton died in hospital after he was seriously injured at a party in Hartlepool

Two men will appear in court today charged with murder after a gifted former amateur boxer died following an attack at a New Year's Eve party.

Mark Denton, 31, died in hospital after he was seriously injured at a party in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool.

The men, aged 21 and 23, are due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning, Cleveland Police said.

A 17-year-old arrested in connection with the inquiry has been released without charge.

Mr Denton's family have said they are heartbroken by the loss of the "larger-than-life character".

They released a tribute which said: "We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken to have lost Mark, and in such a tragic way.

"He was a loving uncle, brother, son and boyfriend and he will be sadly missed by everyone. Our hearts will never heal from the loss of Mark, he was a larger-than-life character and our loss is immeasurable.

"We now ask for privacy to be allowed to deal with our grief."

Mr Denton was a promising middleweight when he was younger and was well known in the local boxing community.

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