A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after he was found unconscious in the street with serious head injuries.
Police are investigating how the 24-year-old came to be lying unconscious in the street in the early hours of the morning.
He was found by a member of the public at the junction of Eaglesfield Road and Eskdale Road, in the Owton Manor area, at around 12.45am today.
Police say he had been with friends in the Hour Glass pub until around midnight when he left.
Just a few minutes before being found unconscious, three people were reportedly seen arguing in the street.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Haytack said: “We are appealing for information so that we can put together a picture of the circumstances that led to the man being found in the street with significant head injuries.
“There were reportedly three people seen arguing shortly before the man was found and we would appeal to anyone who may have seen these people or anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to contact us.”
The man was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where his condition is said to be critical.
A large area around the junction of Eaglesfield Road and Eskdale Road was taped off on Monday morning as officers tried to establish what happened.
A resident said he saw two males running from the scene after hearing shouting in the street.
The man, who did not wish to be named, told the Mail: “I heard shouting and then saw two males in dark clothing running away.
“At this stage I didn’t notice someone laying in the middle of the road.
“Three minutes later I heard sirens and a few minutes later the police arrived and then ambulance then the road was closed.
“Scenes of crime police arrived later and they were looking on the ground.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by police to a male who was found unconscious in the street.
“He was taken to James Cook hospital and arrived there around 1.45am.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.