A WOMAN remains in a critical condition after falling in a busy market town on Monday.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) confirmed the woman suffered serious head injuries after falling in Barnard Castle town centre.

Two ambulances arrived at the incident just after 3.30pm and the GNAAS helicopter shortly afterwards.

The helicopter landed in the grounds of the town's castle.

Staindrop Academy schoolgirl, Josie Croom, was also praised for helping after the 14-year-old placed her hoody under the woman's head and waited with her until the ambulance arrived.

A GNAAS spokesman said: "We were called at 3.36pm to Barnard Castle after reports of a lady who had fallen, possibly on ice, and sustained serious head injuries.

"She was flown to James Cook University Hospital in a critical condition."

The flight took 15 minutes and the woman arrived in a critical condition.