Two men have been arrested after an horrific murder in Darlington town centre.
A member of the public made the grim discovery at 4.10am this morning as he came across the body of the 34-year-old in Geneva Road near Fenby Avenue, Darlington.
He was rushed to the Darlington Memorial Hospital where, despite emergency intervention, he sadly died.
Police immediately put a crime scene in place and launched a murder investigation resulting in two men being arrested over the murder.
A police presence will remain in the Geneva Road and Pensbury Street areas of the town as enquiries continue.
No further other suspects are being sought at this time and police can confirm that all parties are known to each other.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or can assist the police should call 101 quoting log 85 of July 1 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.