A MAN is fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in a street fall.
The 54-year-old was found in the entrance to D’Arcy Court in Hendon Road, Hendon at 5.35pm on Monday.
The man had been dropped off there by a taxi and officers believe he may have sustained the injury after a fall in the street.
He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.
Police, who were called to the scene alongside paramedics, are appealing for witnesses to get in touch as they confirm the circumstance of how he came to be hurt.
They say they are not treating the inquiry as suspicious.
Kevin Metters, 50, of KM Recovery, went to the aid of the man alongside his son Kevin, 24, after they spotted the man next to the gates to the tower block on Chaytor Grove.
He said: “The taxi dropped him off I believe from the pub up the road.
“He fell from the taxi and banged his head, but I don’t think there’s anything suspicious about it.
“I came out in the truck and I saw him in the middle of the road, my son phoned for an ambulance and we sat with him and then the police and the ambulance arrived.
“The ambulance people had advised us not to move him, but he was in the middle of the road.
“He was talking and conscious all the time, he seemed drunk, but the driver said he was on medication and his medication had been changed.”
He said the emergency services then moved the man inside the entrance to the flats before he was then taken to hospital.
Offices are particularly keen to speak to the drivers of a small dark car and a white car that are believed to have been driving past at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 942 15/12/14.