Two arrests after man left for dead in street

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TWO men have been arrested after a man was attacked in a South Tyneside street.

The 35-year-old was found in South Eldon Street, South Shields, at about 9.40pm on Friday with a head injury and cuts to his fingers.

He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where it was found he had a fractured skull.

The man, who police say is from South Shields, is still in hospital, where police say he remains in a critical, but stable, condition.

Officers investigating the attack say he was set upon about 20 minutes before he was found by a member of the public.

The road was closed until Saturday morning while detectives searched the scene and spoke to residents about the incident.

Two men, aged 23 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of robbery yesterday in connection with the attack.

They were still being quizzed by police last night.

Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb, of South Tyneside Area Command, is still looking for witnesses to come forward.

He said: “We would like to hear from anyone who might have seen the assault or any other suspicious activity in the South Eldon Street area at about 9.20pm on Friday.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.