A MAN is in a serious condition in hospital after he suffered a fractured skull during a vicious street attack.
Horrified onlookers said they saw the 33-year-old being punched before he fell to the ground outside the Albion Hotel in Roker.
Emergency services attended the scene and the man was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he remains in a serious condition.
Officers are now carrying out extensive inquiries into the incident which took place at about 6.50pm on Sunday.
A 63-year-old man, who lives near the Victor Street pub, said: “It looked pretty nasty. He was just lying on the floor.
“I think it was one punch and he fell to the floor and hit his head on the pavement.
“I’ve never seen so many police in my life. The place was swarming with them. They had the dog team out and everything.
“The pub was really busy because of the match but I think everyone was in high spirits because we’d won so I don’t know what happened.”
Detectives carried out door-to-door inquiries in the area on Sunday night.
They are now urging anyone who was in the pub, which was full of people celebrating the Black Cats’ win, or who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact police.
Acting Detective Inspector Alan Cairns, of Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a nasty and serious street assault on a man who has suffered serious head injuries.
“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about this incident.”
The assault came less than 24 hours after a bar brawl broke out at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Roker Avenue.
At just after 11.30pm on Saturday, a bouncer at the pub had a glass hurled at him as a mob of rowdy people were being thrown out.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he received stitches to his head and ear before being released.
Any witnesses or anyone with information on either attack is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 extension 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.