Two boys charged with murdering homeless man
Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with the murder of a homeless man who was found dead in a churchyard.
The youths were arrested on Saturday by officers investigating the death of 59-year-old George Akers in Darlington.
A member of the public found Mr Akers' body under a tree in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church on June 12.
His death was not initially regarded as suspicious until a post-mortem examination revealed he had sustained multiple internal injuries. Officers later said he was the victim of a "sustained and brutal attack".
A Durham Police spokesman said the boys, who are from Darlington, have both been charged with murder.
They are due before Darlington Youth Court.