A MAN is being treated in hospital after suffering severe injuries during a serious assault in a County Durham town on Monday morning.

Police officers cordoned off Front Street, in Chester-le-Street, and officers stood guard while forensics teams gathered evidence.

The cordon was put in place over several shops and businesses including The High Crown pub.

Speculation surrounded the police presence, as the police refused to confirm any reports, but a statement released at about 4pm confirmed an investigation was ongoing.

The incident took place between 3am and 4am, near the High Crown Pub on Front Street.

In a statement, a Durham Constabulary spokesperson confirmed a man was being treated in hospital while another man is "currently in custody and assisting officers with their enquiries".

Both men are from the Pelton area, and it is believed it was an isolated incident.

Detective Inspector Tonya Cook, said: “This is a serious incident which has left the victim with severe injuries.

“We would be grateful for anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or who may have mobile phone or dashcam footage, to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anybody with any information relating to the incident should contact Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 60 of August 27.

Alternatively you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.