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Murder inquiry over New Year party death

TRIBUTES ... Mark Denton was fatally injured at a New Year's Eve party.

TRIBUTES ... Mark Denton was fatally injured at a New Year's Eve party.

Tributes have been paid to a former boxer who died after an incident at a New Year’s Eve party .

Cleveland Police launched a murder inquiry after Mark Denton, 31, died of serious injuries he sustained at a house in Hartlepool.

Friends of Mr Denton say he was attacked during a party to celebrate the new year.

A 17-year-old youth has been arrested in connection with the death and remains in police custody.

A force spokeswoman said officers were called to the house in Hutton Avenue at about 10.20pm on Tuesday.

She said the victim, not yet formally identified but named locally as Mr Denton, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination was to be carried out yesterday to establish the cause of his death.

Friend Bobby Gill laid flowers outside the large semi-detached house, cordoned off and guarded by police yesterday, and said: “He was a good lad.

“He was no angel, like, but nobody deserves this, do they, to be killed on New Year’s Eve?”

Mr Denton is understood to be have been a promising middleweight amateur boxer when he was younger.

A Facebook page has already been set up to remember him, and scores of people have posted tributes on it.

Kirsty Wildberg said: “Rest in peace, Mark. Such sad news. You were a brilliant man. Thinking of your family at this heartbreaking time.”

Dann Thompson wrote: “You were one of a kind, loved by many and never forgotten.”

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