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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.

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