Police appeal after attacks

Passion nightclub, in Sunderland

Passion nightclub, in Sunderland

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A MAN suffered a fractured skull, a teenager and two other men were left with facial injuries and an elderly woman had her purse stolen in a spate of assaults.

Police have put out witness appeals after the string of violent incidents in Sunderland marred the bank holiday weekend.

A 21-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after an attack.

Officers said the man needed hospital treatment after he was confronted by three men in Maritime Street at 7.45pm on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said: “The three men punched the 21-year-old causing him to fall to the ground, before kicking him and running off.

“The man suffered a fractured skull and received hospital treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.”

A 43-year-old man suffered facial injuries in robbery a few hours later.

The incident happened at 9.30pm on Saturday near a back lane in Haydon Square, Hylton Lane Estate.

A man approached the victim and demanded his wallet before hitting him, pulling him to the floor and biting him.

The 43-year-old received hospital treatment for face injuries.

Another 21-year-old man was assaulted in a separate incident hours later in a city centre nightclub.

The attack happened in Passion nightclub in Holmeside, where the victim was punched by another man who then ran off.

The victim received hospital treatment. The incident happened between 3.30am and 3.55am on Sunday.

The assaults came after a woman in her 90s had her purse stolen from her handbag in Sea Road, Fulwell.

Officers said the woman was not injured in the incident, which happened between 11am and 11.30am.

The final incident took place in the early hours of Monday when a 17-year-old was robbed.

A police spokeswoman said: “It happened between 4am and 4.30am in Atkinson Street in Sunderland. The 17-year-old was punched and his wallet and phone stolen.

“He received hospital treatment for minor injuries.”

Anyone with any information about any of the incidents should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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