Bunley teenagers charged with killing ‘gentle giant’

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TWO youths have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a 48-year-old Burnley man who was attacked last month.

Mr Darren Atkinson, of Burnley Road, Harle Syke, died in Royal Preston Hospital on Thursday, April 7th. He had been assaulted and was found in the front garden of a house in Standen Hall Drive, Burnley, on Friday March 25th.

A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, both from Burnley, were originally charged with wounding but have now had their charges changed to manslaughter. They have been bailed to appear before Reedley Youth Panel on Monday. The Express is unable to name the pair due to legal restrictions.

An inquest into the death of Mr Atkinson, who was described as a “Gentle Giant”, has been adjourned to await the outcome of the police inquiry. A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a serious head injury.