A MAN was found unconscious in a pool of blood after he was assaulted in a back lane.
The 25-year-old was discovered lying in the middle of the road by Police Community Support Officers on patrol in Blackhall on Saturday evening.
He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Hartlepool, where he was treated for a broken nose, severe bruising to his face and a black eye, and released in the early hours of the next morning.
Police said he was attacked in the lane at the junction of Eleventh Street and West Avenue in the village between 7.30pm-7.45pm.
It is said a man got out of the passenger seat of a silver car and launched the attack.
Anyone with any information about the attack should contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.