A MAN was discovered with injuries to his face by police on an early morning patrol.
Officers were walking close to Rainton Meadows Arena, Rainton Bridge Industrial Estate, in Houghton, when they came across the victim.
The 21-year-old was at the entrance to the arena at 12.55am on Sunday, October 13.
The injured man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was released after receiving treatment.
Officers are now trying to establish how he came by these injuries and are appealing for help from the public.
Police are appealing for witnesses anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact them on 101 ext 69191.