A MAN had to be rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after being knocked unconscious in a vicious street attack.
The 22-year-old man had been standing waiting for a friend outside of the Lee Garden Chinese takeaway, in Northgate, on The Headland, in Hartlepool, when he was assaulted.
While the pal placed his order and waited for his food, the victim was knocked out and left lying on the ground with what police have described as “serious head and facial injuries”.
The victim’s shocked 24–year–old friend found the him as he left the takeaway moments later.
A member of the public then managed to take the injured man to One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, where paramedics then transported him to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Police say he fully regained consciousness yesterday and they were hoping to speak to him about the attack and the circumstances leading up to it.
A cordon was put up around the site of the incident in Northgate while officers carry out investigations.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said the shops suffered some disruption until the police tape was removed about 10.45am yesterday.
She added: “A 22-year-old man was left unconscious after being attacked in the street. The victim, from Hartlepool, received head injuries consistent with a serious assault some time between 8pm and 9pm on Bank Holiday Monday, on Northgate, at the town’s Headland.
“The man was outside a Chinese takeaway waiting for a friend who was inside ordering some food.
“When the friend left the eaterie he found his pal with serious head and facial injuries. He was taken by ambulance to North Tees General Hospital where he remains, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
“Police are currently investigating and a cordon has been put in place at the scene.”
Officers have appealed for anyone who has any information about the incident, or knows who is responsible to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.