Police are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious in Morpeth.
It happened around 3am today on Bridge Street. The man, 35, was found unconscious in the street after being assaulted by another man.
He was taken to the RVI with head injuries. His condition is serious and potentially life-threatening.
Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident to establish what happened and trace the offender. Extra officers are in the area to speak to people as part of their inquiries and identify witnesses and offer reassurance.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 217 300314 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
UPDATE: A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the assault and is helping police with their inquiries.