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Man jailed for Bishop Auckland pub attack death

Anthony Hancock
Image caption Mr Hancock was a father of three

A man has been jailed for more than three years for killing another man outside a County Durham pub.

Father-of-three Anthony Hancock, 42, was found with head injuries outside the Beehive, in Bishop Auckland, on 16 April and died a few days later.

Lee Ballan, 34, of Lusby Crescent, Bishop Auckland, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 8 July.

At Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, he was sentenced to three years and eight months.

Mr Hancock, from Bishop Auckland, was found on a pavement outside the pub and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on 20 April.

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