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Bishop Auckland pub closed following attack death

Scene of attack
Image caption Mr Hancock was found seriously injured on the pavement outside the Beehive pub

A County Durham pub close to where a man was found seriously injured and later died has been closed down.

Anthony Hancock was discovered with head injures outside the Beehive in Bishop Auckland on Saturday. The 42-year-old died on Wednesday.

A 32-year-old local man has been charged with his manslaughter.

Police applied to Durham County Council for its licence to be revoked on the grounds of ongoing crime and disorder associated to the premises.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "We have a good working relationship with licensees who share our concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

"However, if there is a serious problem with disorder we always aim to take positive effective action against it."

Lee Ballan, of Lusby Crescent, Bishop Auckland, appeared before Peterlee magistrates on Wednesday charged with manslaughter.

He was released on bail to appear at crown court on 27 April.

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