A 32-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating a serious assault in Darlington.
The victim, 33, is in intensive care after being attacked in front of the bar of The William Stead on October 8.
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Middlesbrough kept their unbeaten re-entry into the Premier League going drawing 0-0 at West Brom.
He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.