A man has died 11 days after being found unconscious in a popular Darlington park.

The man, who is believed to be in his 50s, was reportedly walking his dog through North Lodge Park in Darlington on Saturday, November 19 at around 7pm when he was found by passers-by.

Members of the public rushed to his aid and performed CPR before ambulance crews arrived, and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

North Lodge Park was cordoned off by officers on the evening of Saturday, November 19, and stayed closed until Sunday, November 20.

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All entrances to the park were taped off.

Police cars were also situated around the park with one inside the park where there was another large cordon.

Durham Police later confirmed that the park was cordoned off as a precaution so they could rule out any third-party involvement.

At the time of the incident, the police force said: “It is believed the man was walking his dog at the time and collapsed suddenly. He was found by members of the public who started CPR.

“The man sustained a serious head injury and was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

“The park was cordoned off as a precaution until officers were satisfied there was no third-party involvement.”

An initial appeal was launched to find witnesses to the incident.

However, the force now confirmed the man has since died.

A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: "Thank you to everyone who answered our witness appeal after a man collapsed in North Lodge Park, Darlington, on November 19. All witnesses have come forward and assisted officers with their investigation which is now complete.

"Sadly the man, in his 50s, has since died. His family have been informed and are being supported. It is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances and a file will now be prepared for the coroner."

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