A 24 year old man is fighting for his life in hospital after being found lying unconscious in the street in the early hours of this morning.

He was discovered by a member of the public at 12.45am on the junction at Eaglesfield Road and Eskdale Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.

He was out drinking in the Hour Glass pub and is believed to have left at midnight.

The 24 year old is believed to have been attacked by two males who were spotted running away from the scene, leaving the unnamed victim in a critical condition,