Mark Denton Hartlepool death: Three held over murder

Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool
Image caption Mark Denton was found at a house in Hutton Avenue late on New Year's Eve

Three people have been arrested over the death of an amateur boxer who suffered serious injuries at a New Year's Eve party.

Mark Denton, 31, was found injured when Cleveland Police were called to a house in Hartlepool at about 22:20 GMT.

He was taken from the house in Hutton Avenue to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A 17-year-old, a 23-year-old and a man in his 20s have been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

A number of addresses in the Hartlepool area have been searched in connection with the investigation.

Det Ch Insp Anne-Marie Salwey, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our thoughts are with Mark's family at this particularly sad time, who are being supported by specially-trained officers.

"We are currently establishing the circumstances leading up to Mark's death, and following a number of lines of inquiry. I would particularly appeal for anyone who was at the party last night and who we haven't yet spoken to to get in touch."

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