Six arrested after Sunderland street brawl

Police attend an incident on Croft Avenue off Chester Road.

Police attend an incident on Croft Avenue off Chester Road.

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ENQUIRIES are continuing today after a brawl broke out in a Sunderland street.

A total of six men have been arrested after the street battle, which happened yesterday afternoon in the Chester Road area.

The six arrested remain in police custody and are helping police with their enquiries

A 40-year-old man was treated for a head injury at the scene before being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. He has now been released.

One witness told the Echo a group of about 40 men were fighting around Brunton Terrace, in the Chester Road area, shortly after 3pm yesterday.

A nearby resident said he was watching TV when he heard shouting and saw the men fighting in the street.

“We were watching telly and we heard lots of kerfuffle outside,” he said. “I called police, but I think others did too.

“You could see they weren’t happy with each other.”

Police put up cordons in Croft Avenue and Rosslyn Mews while officers carried out door-to-door inquiries.

Sunderland chief superintendent Kay Blyth said: “It appears that those involved were known to each other.

“We know that an incident of this nature in a normally quiet area may cause concern to local residents, so we will have extra patrols in the area overnight, to offer reassurance and support to local people.”

She said extra officers from the neighbourhood policing team will remain in the area to provide reassurance to residents.

Anyone with any concerns can approach an officer on patrol or contact police on 101.