Body of man found near Darlington church
Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found in a Darlington churchyard.
George Akers, 59, had been sleeping rough in the grounds of St Cuthbert's, police said.
His body was discovered on Saturday. A post-mortem examination found he had died from serious internal injuries.
A Durham Police spokesman said the death was being treated as suspicious. The area is cordoned off and a major investigation is under way, he added.
Mr Akers was well known in the town and had been sleeping rough for several weeks, police said.