A man is being questioned by detectives after a bar attack in which a man was stabbed several times.
The Peterlee man is recovering in hospital following the disturbance at the Oaklands in Durham Way in the town today.
Police were called to the pub just before 12.30am and when officers arrived they found the 33-year-old victim was bleeding heavily having been stabbed several times.
He was taken by ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where his most recent condition is described as “serious, but not life-threatening.”
The pub was in the process of closing but there were a number of staff and customers present at the time.
A 40-year-old local man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and is being questioned at Peterlee police station.
Officers also recovered a knife from the premises.
Detective Chief Inspector Lyn Peart said: “We have had crime scene investigators at the premises and we have spoken to several potential witnesses.
“If anyone else has information which could help our investigation I would ask them to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.