[A] MURDER investigation has been launched after a man was found in a street.
A member of the public came across the 34-year-old in Geneva Road near Fenby Avenue, Darlington at approximately 4.10am today.
They took him to Darlington Memorial Hospital where, despite emergency intervention, he died.
Two men were later arrested for murder by armed officers.
A police presence will remain in the Geneva Road and Pensbury Street areas of the town as enquiries continue.
No further other suspects are being sought at this time and police can confirm that all parties are known to each other.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or can assist the police should call Durham Police on 101 quoting log 85 of July 1 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.