Police are investigating an attack in Seaham that has left a man in hospital.
Officers were called to an assault in the The Avenue at around 2am today.
Police say a man in his 40’s had returned from a night out and intervened in an argument between three men.
A spokesman for Seaham and Easington Police said: "Two of these males have then attacked and badly assaulted the victim. The victim is in hospital.
"The two males responsible for the assault are described as white males and stocky build.
Enquiries are ongoing and Officers are appealing for any witnesses or those involved in any part of the incident to make contact.
Please call 101 and give the incident number DHM-21112015-0110.