A MAN has been left with serious head injuries after a serious assault took place in the early hours of the morning.

The alleged incident, which took place at the junction of Shaftesbury Street and Yarm Lane in Stockton, led to a police cordon being erected in the street for much of Friday morning.

At the time, a witness told The Northern Echo that she woke up to what looked like a crime scene at the end of the street.

The Northern Echo:

In an update this afternoon, police confirmed that a man, 32, had sustained serious head injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Enquiries are ongoing to determine the cause of the man’s injuries.

"Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the injured male or has any information regarding an assault at this time and location to contact police as a matter of urgency.

"Contact Stockton CID on 101 with information quoting 028758."