ROBBERS targeted a man walking through Washington in the early hours of the morning.
Thugs pushed the 40-year-old victim to the ground before stealing his mobile phone and some cash yesterday.
The man, who was on his way to work, was left with facial injuries.
He was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.
Police are now appealing for witnesses after the attack, which took place near the Victoria pub, in Fatfield Road, at about 4.20am.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers are carrying out inquiries in order to establish what happened.”
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191.