A MAN is today fighting for his life after a brutal street attack.
The 39-year-old was walking along Hollin Hill Road, in Concord, Washington, when a gang attacked him, beating him to the ground before fleeing.
He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries and is in a critical condition.
Two men, aged 42 and 65, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are helping police with their inquiries.
Residents living on the street today spoke of their shock.
Margaret McCully, 44, said: “It’s a friendly street so it’s quite a shock to hear it.”
Another Hollin Hill Road resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I came down to see what was happening on the night. I heard it was a local lad. I came out and the police van was here.”
He added: “Stuff like this doesn’t normally happen in our street. It’s quiet with lots of families. I can’t believe it really.”
Deborah Leonard, 48, of Sulgrave, said she has family in the neighbourhood.
“My mam lives round here so it’s not nice to hear about something like this,” she said. “It does make you feel a bit worried.”
The attack took place yesterday at about 12.30am.
Police have stepped up patrols and are carrying out door-to-door inquiries.
It is believed the men were known to each other.
Police are now appealing for information about the assault. Call the police non-emergency number on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.