DETECTIVES on the case of a brutal attack which left a man battling for his life have set up a dedicated 24-hour witness line and are scouring CCTV footage as part of their investigations.
The dedicated phone line has been launched as the inquiry steps up into the assault against the 32-year-old man who is still critically ill in hospital.
Messages from potential witnesses, or people with information, can telephone the hotline day or night and leave messages with police officers or on its answer machine.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Detectives investigating a serious assault in Hartlepool in the early hours of Sunday, October 5, in which a 32-year-old man received serious head injuries, have set up a dedicated phone line for people to provide information.
“The phone has an answer machine capability for messages to be left.”
She added: “Police are also looking at CCTV and are carrying out house to house inquiries.”
The victim was attacked in Victoria Road, close to its junction with York Road, in Hartlepool, at around 4am on the morning of Sunday, October 5.
He received head injuries in the incident and is fighting for survival in the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Officers have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the attack.
Anyone who has any information is asked to ring the witness line on (01642) 302191.
Alternatively, information can also be passed on through independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on (0800) 555 111.