Family release pictures of Hendon attack victim in a coma and make plea for witnesses to savage attack to some forward

The family of a man who suffered life-changing injuries following a vicious assault have urged for witnesses to come forward and assist police.

By faye.dixon
Monday, 15 July, 2019, 11:34
Emergency services attended the scene where Peter was found unconscious

Officers were called to Tel El Kebir Road in Sunderland at about 8.55am on Saturday, June 29 after a report that a man was lying unconscious in the street.

Emergency services attended and found 47-year-old Peter Innes known as Pip with serious head injuries. He was put in an induced coma and remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police say the assault could cause life-long consequences for Peter

Peter’s aunt, Beverley Swales said that her nephew had a ‘chequered past’ but did not deserve such an attack.

She said: “Peter didn’t deserve this – nobody does. We are all praying that he pulls through, but fear he will have life-long injuries as a result of the attack.

“We are absolutely heartbroken to see him like this, and the last two weeks have been something from a nightmare. It’s had a massive impact on the family, and we feel so helpless seeing him lying there in a hospital bed.

“It’s hard to put into words. Peter may have had a chequered past, but the level of violence shown against him is horrifying – he may never recover from this.

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“We are just desperate to see Peter well again, and would ask anybody who witnessed what happened to him, or have any information that can help with the investigation, to do the right thing and contact police.”

Eight arrests were made in the early stages of police inquiries.

Three men aged 27, 24 and 29 remain under investigation, while a 44-year-old women has been released on police bail.

Detective Constable Kelly Scott, of Northumbria Police’s Southern CID, said:

“A team of detectives continue to determine a chronology of events, and we are actively pursuing those responsible. We will continue to offer the family any support they require as they come to terms with what has happened.”

Anyone with information who are yet to come forward, are asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 312 290619 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. Contact the officer in charge by emailing 8716@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.