A DAD has told how he feared for his life as a gang of teenage yobs attacked him in a subway.
The 53-year-old victim, who wants to remain anonymous, was left battered and bruised after trying to stop thugs from snatching his wife’s handbag.
It is alleged the engineer was punched and fell to the ground when the gang started to kick him in the head in the underpass between Burgoyne Court and Albany Park, in Concord.
The beating was so severe, he needed 19 stitches to two different head wounds and spent the night in hospital.
His terrified wife was left with bruising to her arm.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man and two 17-year-olds on suspicion of assault.
The victim has told how he believes the violence only stopped when the pack became shocked by how much blood they had drawn.
“I think they thought I was very seriously hurt, panicked and ran off,” he said.
“One snatched at the bag and when I intervened, five attacked me.
“They were young, well-built lads and there was nothing much I could do.
“They punched me to the ground and kicked me, but I got back up because I knew if I didn’t, I would probably be killed.”
He believes about 17 youngsters were involved in the attack at 10.30pm on Saturday.
The couple had just left the nearby the Wetherspoon pub after drinks with friends.
Following the attack, the man was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and kept in overnight.
He said: “I was felled by the weight of punches, there was a lot of blood. My wife was very upset.
“Those who did this are thugs, they are cowards.”