Tributes have been paid to a delivery driver who died during an incident in County Durham at the weekend.

Two men have charged with manslaughter following the death of James Andrew Coyles in Horden on Sunday.

Police and paramedics were called in Handley Street at around 11.30am but the 54-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Northern Echo: James Andrew CoylesJames Andrew Coyles (Image: Contributor)

In a tribute released today, his three children, Katie, Rebecca and James, said: “There will never be the words to describe the way we feel.

“Nothing ever prepares you for this hurt and pain.

“Our hearts are broken. We love you so very much, and will continue to make you proud each and every day the way you always told us.

“It’s only see you later, dad. It’s not goodbye.”

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Gary Peter Hepworth, 43, of Hartlepool, and Joseph Henry Niles, 41, of Peterlee, were arrested following the incident and were charged with manslaughter and theft last night. (Tuesday, March 21)

Hepworth was also charged with assault causing actual bodily harm after an officer was injured while he was being detained.
They appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court this morning and will next appear at Durham Crown Court on April 19.