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Body of man found near Darlington church

Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found in a Darlington churchyard.

George Akers, 59, had been sleeping rough in the grounds of St Cuthbert's, police said.

His body was discovered on Saturday. A post-mortem examination found he had died from serious internal injuries.

A Durham Police spokesman said the death was being treated as suspicious. The area is cordoned off and a major investigation is under way, he added.

Mr Akers was well known in the town and had been sleeping rough for several weeks, police said.

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