Appeal after man has neck slashed at Sunderland Metro station

Police cordon at the rear of the Murray Library, Chester Road and thge University Metro Station on Sunday.
Police cordon at the rear of the Murray Library, Chester Road and thge University Metro Station on Sunday.
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POLICE have made a fresh appeal for help after a man was slashed across the neck at a Sunderland Metro station.

The victim was walking over a footbridge at University Station when he was approached by a man carrying a knife.

The 21-year-old was then cut across the neck and left needing hospital treatment following the attack on Sunday, September 22.

Police sealed off part of the area close to the station while inquiries were carried out in a bid to determine the exact circumstances of the attack.

A 32-year-old man was then arrested in connection to the assault, questioned, and later released on police bail.

Now, detectives have renewed their appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

The assault happened at about 1.30pm and officers believe there could have been several people in the area at the time.

Superintendent Jim Napier, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an incident that happened in the middle of the day, and there may have been people around who saw something but didn’t realise what they were witnessing, so we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area. Incidents of this type are very unusual.”

Following the attack, neighbourhood officers carried out patrols in the area in a bid to make the public and residents living around the station feel safer. The victim was released from Sunderland Royal Hospital following treatment.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was around University Metro Station between 1.30pm to 1.45pm and who might have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anyone who witnessed the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 – the crime number is 54036h/13.