A MAN was rushed to hospital with head and facial injuries after an assault near a popular town bar.
Emergency services were alerted of the incident near to the rear of Loons Bar, in Victoria Road, in the early hours of Friday morning.
The 23-year-old victim was treated at the scene by paramedics as he was drifting in and out of consciousness before he was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockon, by ambulance.
It’s understood the man has since been transferred to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for further treatment.
Police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of assault who is currently being questioned in police custody.
Officers are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have information to get in touch.
The incident happened at around 2.10am yesterday.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report of an assault at around 2.10am on Victoria Road, in Hartlepool, near to the rear of Loons Bar.
“A 23-year-old man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees with head and facial injuries.
“A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in police custody.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service, added: “We got the call at 2.15am and arrived at the scene at 2.20am.
“We had two vehicles at the scene, a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance.
“It was classed as a serious incident and the patient was drifting in and out of consciousness when we arrived.
“The patient was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”
Anyone with any information about the incident or who witnessed anything is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.