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Two bodies were exhumed from cemeteries in County Durham last week as part of a police investigation into a GP who is already facing a murder charge.

The bodies are those of two elderly men who had been patients of Dr Howard Martin at his practice in Newton Aycliffe.

Dr Martin, who is now living in Penmaenmawr, north Wales, was bailed in December after pleading not guilty to a charge that he murdered a 74-year-old patient, Harry Gittins.

He was accused of administering a fatal dose of diamorphine to Mr Gittins, who had had surgery for oesophageal cancer six years before his death.

Dr Martin was arrested outside his surgery in May 2004 and is also being investigated by the GMC while under an interim suspension from practice. He will be tried in March at Teesside crown court.

A third body, buried on consecrated ground, is due to be exhumed in the near future, Durham police said.

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