A MAN suffered a bleed to the brain in an unprovoked attack.
Police are hunting the thug who has left the 44-year-old victim in hospital after the assault in Peterlee.
The incident happened after the man and his girlfriend left the town’s Central Club, via its car park entrance, to go home.
As the victim trailed a short distance behind his 43-year-old partner, one of three young men who were passing by struck out and hit him in the face.
The man was felled by the punch. His attacker ran off, with his pals following behind.
The attack has left the man with a head injury and a cut to his lip, which may need plastic surgery.
A resident living near the scene, near the junction of Edenhill Road on Brandlings Way, heard the commotion and called an ambulance.
The man was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, where investigations have shown he has suffered a bleed to the brain.
He is conscious and in a stable condition, but remains on the hospital’s neurological ward, where medics are continuing observations.
Detective Constable Chris Robinson, of Seaham CID, said: “This was an unprovoked and vicious attack, which has been carried out for no apparent reason.
“We would like to hear from anyone with information.
“We believe the three lads were wearing tracksuits, so they weren’t dressed to go out for the night, and may have been on the estate in the time leading up to this happening.
“We also think they may have walked from the direction of Edenhill Road, so if anyone saw them around that area, we would like to hear from them.”
The attack happened just before 10.30pm on Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 60 60 365 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.