Murder charges after party death
Two men will appear in court today charged with murder after a gifted former amateur boxer died following an attack at a New Year's Eve party.
Mark Denton, 31, died in hospital after he was seriously injured at a party in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool.
The men, aged 21 and 23, are due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning, Cleveland Police said.
A 17-year-old arrested in connection with the inquiry has been released without charge.
Mr Denton's family have said they are heartbroken by the loss of the "larger-than-life character".
They released a tribute which said: "We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken to have lost Mark, and in such a tragic way.
"He was a loving uncle, brother, son and boyfriend and he will be sadly missed by everyone. Our hearts will never heal from the loss of Mark, he was a larger-than-life character and our loss is immeasurable.
"We now ask for privacy to be allowed to deal with our grief."
Mr Denton was a promising middleweight when he was younger and was well known in the local boxing community.