Marske man Daniel Moore found critically hurt in Sydney
A Teesside man is in a critical condition in an Australian hospital after being found unconscious in a Sydney street with multiple injuries.
Daniel Moore, 21, from Marske near Redcar, was found with a fractured skull and internal injuries in the Manly area of the city on Sunday.
New South Wales Police said they were seeking a taxi driver in connection with the incident.
Mr Moore had been living and working in the area for two years.
A family friend told the BBC Mr Moore's parents were flying to Australia to be by their son's bedside.
A police spokesman said: "Mr Moore had sustained critical injuries and was taken to Royal North Shore hospital for treatment to a fractured skull and ribs, and internal bleeding.
"Following investigations we would now like to speak to the driver of a taxi who is believed to possibly be one of the last people to have seen Mr Moore.
"We are hoping the driver of the taxi may be able to assist with inquiries and the circumstances surrounding the incident."
Family friend and neighbour Julie Jones, said Mr Moore's parents were due in Sydney on Wednesday.
She said: "Daniel and my own son grew up together. Our son went out to Australia and Daniel followed him, but Daniel decided to stay on longer.
"It is really upsetting to think this is going on. I just hope they find out what has happened."
The Manly is popular with backpackers and surfers.
The police spokesman added: "Mr Moore remains in a critical condition. His parents are expected to arrive on Wednesday morning."