Teen manslaughter defendants appear at court

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TWO teenage boys have made their first appearance in court after being charged with the manslaughter of a Burnley man.

A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old boy, both from Burnley, appeared at Reedley Youth Court charged with the manslaughter of Mr Darren Atkinson (48) of Burnley Road, Harle Syke.

Mr Atkinson was found in the front garden of a house in Standen Hall Drive on Friday, March 25th. He died in the Royal Preston Hospital on Thursday, April 7th.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a serious head injury.

The defendants were released on bail and must appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, July 13th for committal proceedings.