A MAN is in hospital after being beaten by a bat-wielding thug.
The 39-year-old is said to be in a stable condition after the vicious attack was carried out as he walked down a back lane off Guildford Street, Hendon.
He was beaten to the ground before being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.
Police have launched an investigation in a bid to find out what happened.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Connolly, who covers the area, said: “If anyone was in the area and saw anything or if anyone knows who is responsible for this assault, we’d urge them to contact police.”
The attack took place on Monday at about 8pm.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191.