POLICE are investigating whether two attacks that left victims with serious injuries in hospital are linked.
A 26-year-old man suffered serious head injuries during an assault at the bus stop near Yates’ Wine Lodge in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, at around 4.20am on Sunday.
He was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough but details of his condition have not been released by police.
A police cordon was in place outside the bar on Sunday morning and a lone was standing guard at the scene.
A second man, aged 24, was also assaulted just before near the Grand Hotel on Swainston Street.
He suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment and was later transferred to James Cook University Hospital.
Police are carrying out enquiries into both attacks and are trying to establish if they are linked.
A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident believed to be related to these assaults and he has now been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Meanwhile, police continue to look for a suspect in relation to the two serious assaults.
Anyone with information who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.