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Lee Irving killing: Two in court over disabled man's murder

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Image caption The body of Lee Irving was found on grass near Hazeldene Avenue in Fawdon

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man with learning difficulties.

Lee Irving was found dead in Fawdon, Newcastle, on Saturday morning. Police have not revealed how he died.

James Wheatley, 28, of Studdon Walk, Newcastle and Barry Imray, 31, of no fixed address, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

The pair were remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 11 June.

Mr Imray faces a further charge of perverting the course of justice.

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Image caption The pair were remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 11 June

The force described Mr Irving, from Camperdown, East Denton, as being vulnerable with learning difficulties.

After his body was discovered, paramedics were called but he was declared dead at the scene near Hazeldene Avenue.

Four other people questioned on suspicion of Mr Irving's murder have been released.

Northumbria Police said the four - two men aged 50 and 23 and two women aged 50 and 20 - were bailed pending further investigation.

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