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Murder probe into soldier's death

Escapade nightclub, Darlington
The soldier was found near the dance floor of the club

Police have begun a murder investigation after the death of a teenage soldier injured in a fight at a County Durham nightclub.

Andrew Gibson, 19, died four days after suffering serious head injuries in the incident at Escapade nightclub in Darlington, on Saturday.

Investigating officers are due to visit the club to question revellers.

Three youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, from the Darlington area, have been arrested and bailed by police.

Mr Gibson, from Glasgow, was found unconscious near the dance floor of the nightclub in Gladstone Street, Darlington.

He later died at James Cook Memorial Hospital, Middlesbrough.

The soldier, who was based at Catterick, North Yorkshire was due to go to Afghanistan.

His parents described him as a "polite, inoffensive" young man.

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses.

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