A WEARSIDE man is recovering in hospital after suffering serious facial and spinal injuries in a suspected attack.
The 29-year-old, from Sunderland, was injured in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Police say it is not clear how he was injured, in the Millgate area of the town at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
After initially being admitted to intensive care, he was described as “critical.”
However, he is now in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.
North Yorkshire Police want to hear from anybody who was part of a large group of people from Sunderland who were in the area shortly before it happened.
Detective Sergeant Angela Went, of Northallerton CID, said: “Police inquiries are still at an early stage and it is not yet clear whether the injuries are accidental or if the man was the victim of an assault.
“I need to speak to anyone who can help me better understand the circumstances surrounding this incident.
“I know that there had been a large group of people from the Sunderland area in Richmond market place, a short time before the man was found.
“I would like to speak with members of this group or anyone else who was in the area at the time and ask them to contact the police as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone who can help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 12120051469.