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Man critical in hospital after Christmas Day attack

A man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being seriously assaulted in the early hours of Christmas morning on Teesside.

Several people tried to help the 49-year-old who was allegedly attacked on Hylton Avenue in Skelton, East Cleveland.

He was left with significant head injuries, and remains in James Cook University Hospital.

Three men, aged 29, 30 and 51, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and they have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "The alleged attack happened on the street and officers know a number of witnesses were present.

"Police are grateful for information they have already received from several people but they believe there are others who have not yet spoken to police and they are urging these people to come forward."

Hope that Kings Cross will reopen tomorrow

It is hoped that the travel misery for train passengers wanting to travel to or from London Kings Cross is will soon be over.

The station was closed because of over running engineering work, it is hoped it will open again on Sunday, December 28.

In the North East it meant a disrupted service with trains terminating at Finsbury Park instead, though that station was also closed at times because of over crowding.

East Coast and Grand Central tickets for today can be used on Sunday and Monday.

Sara Nelson, from the independent consumer organisation Passenger Focus, says the rail companies need to do all they can to keep passengers informed.

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Regulator launches inquiry into rail chaos

Trains at King's Cross station. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The pressure on Network Rail increased this afternoon as the railway watchdog, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), said it was launching an investigation into the chaos.

The immediate priority is for Network Rail to ensure disrupted parts of the railways are back up and running again for passengers as soon as possible.

Network Rail, working with the rest of the industry, must learn lessons and prevent problems like this happening again.

ORR is investigating overrunning works. We will also be reviewing the standard of passenger information during disruptions - with a focus on whether passengers have been adequately informed to make alternative arrangements to their journeys or claim compensation.

– ORR statement
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