Driver hurt and threatened with knife in attempted car-jacking in Sunderland

The incident took place on Ashbrooke Road. Image copyright of Google Maps.
The incident took place on Ashbrooke Road. Image copyright of Google Maps.

A driver was treated in hospital after being injured when two men tried to steal his car in Sunderland last night.

Police were called to Ashbrooke Road, near St John's Church, after the incident at about 6.10pm.

A 25-year-old was treated at Sunderland Royal Hospital for an arm injury after foiling the robbery. He was also threatened with a knife, according to police.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police were called following an incident on Ashbrooke Road in Sunderland at approximately 6.10pm on Monday, November 14.

"A 25-year-old man was driving along the road near St John's Church when two men suddenly appeared in the road.

"The motorist got out of his car and the other men asked for his car keys which he refused. He was threatened with a knife.

"There was an altercation and the driver received a superficial wound to his arm.

"The two offenders made off empty handed towards Backhouse Park.

"The driver went to Sunderland Royal Hospital and was released after treatment.

"Police are investigating the incident as an attempted robbery and are appealing for witnesses.

"The two men are described as both approximately 19-years-old one wearing a red hoody and the other a dark hoody, both had tracksuit bottoms.

"Police are treating this as an isolated incident.

"Officers are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 897 of 14/11/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."