Police are appealing for information after a teenager was left with life-changing injuries when he was assaulted on a night out.
The 18-year-old suffered a broken jaw, fractured cheek bone and lost a tooth following the incident in the early hours of Sunday, October 6.
The victim left the Inside Out nightclub, in Beaumont Street, and was hoping to get a taxi home as it was raining but has allegedly been attacked in an alleyway leading to Grange Road.
He did not realise how serious his injuries were at the time and managed to walk home.
The next morning his family have found him covered in blood and taken him to hospital.
He has since undergone surgery at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information to identify the attacker.
Detective Constable, Paul Cooper, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a serious assault which has left the victim with life-changing injuries.
“Thankfully the victim is receiving the treatment he needs”.
“We are doing everything we can for the victim and his family and would ask if anyone has witnessed the incident or is able to provide any help or information please call 101 and ask to speak to Darlington CID, quoting reference number 235 of October 6.”
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.