THREE people have now been arrested in connection with the ice axe murder of a former Hartlepool boxer as police reveal it was a single blow that killed him.
Detectives investigating the death of Mark Denton have also confirmed that they have searched seven properties in the town in relation to the killing, including a property in Bruntoft Avenue, in West View.
The 31-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital after the fatal incident at a New Year’s Eve party in a house in Hutton Avenue, in Hartlepool.
As well as the 17-year-old who was arrested, a 23-year-old and another man in his 20s have now also been arrested, all on suspicion of the murder of Mark.
One is being held and quizzed by police at Hartlepool police station, while the other two are being questioned at Middlesbrough police office.
Pathologists carried out a post mortem examination on tragic Mark’s body which found that a single blow caused his death, despite him having a number of other injuries.
Eye witnesses at the party say the weapon used in the killing was a type of ice axe, but police are unable to confirm that at this stage.
Detective Chief Inspector Ann-Marie Salwey is leading the murder probe and has set up a major incident room.
She told the Hartlepool Mail: “Our thoughts are with Mark’s family at this particularly sad time. They are being supported by specially-trained officers.
“We are currently establishing the circumstances leading up to Mark’s death and are following a number of lines of inquiry.
“I would particularly appeal for anyone who was at the party last night, and who haven’t yet spoken to police to get in touch.”
She added: “Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the inquiry.
“They are currently being questioned by police.
“A major incident room has been established and anyone with information should telephone (01642) 302198 or the non-emergency number 101.