A MAN suffered a broken jaw after being attacked in a city street by three men.
The 29-year-old victim was in Hampstead Road, in Grindon, with a woman when he was approached by the trio.
They carried out their vicious attack before fleeing the scene.
The victim was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment to his injuries.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area following the beating.
The incident has left residents in the street, which is close to the Nookside Centre, stunned.
“I’m quite shocked,” said Gemma Tempest, 26, who lives in the area with fiancé Owen Campbell, 25, and their daughter Evelyn, nine months.
Daniel Allan, 21, who works as a production operator at Nissan and also lives in Hampstead Road, said: “I know the police have been patrolling around here.”
Newrick Thompson, 78, who lives with wife Lilian, 78, in the street, said: “This is a nice area. We don’t have a lot of problems here and it’s usually really quiet.
“We used to have loads of kids meeting out in the street but they grew up and moved on.”
A woman who lives in Hampstead Road, but did not want to be named, said: “The police have been coming round the street a lot lately.
“It’s strange that no-one’s heard anything about it.
“It will be the talk of the place now.”
The incident took place at about 12.30am on Saturday and was reported to police that night.
Detectives are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area.
They are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen what happened or those who may have information about the attack.
Witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.