A MAN was airlifted to hospital after suffering heart problems at a retail park.
Police, firefighters and the Great North Air Ambulance were all called to Tees Bay Retail Park, off Brenda Road, Hartlepool, at 6pm yesterday.
The helicopter landed on grassland near the shops and paramedics treated the man at the scene before he was flown to the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, for emergency care.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “A request was made for the air ambulance to take a man to the Freeman Hospital.
“He had a heart issue and needed emergency attention.”
A crew from Stranton Fire Station were put on emergency standby at the site to make sure the helicopter landed and took off safely.