Man arrested in connection with Sunderland street attack

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested following an assault in a Sunderland street which left the victim fighting for his life.

The incident happened at about 4.10am yesterday in Rainton Street, Millfield.

The 36-year-old victim was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries, although he was in a critical condition, he is now described as stable.

Initial enquiries suggest the man may have been assaulted by two men in the street.

Extra officers were in the area over the weekend to carry out inquiries and offer reassurance to local residents.

A woman was arrested in connection with the incident, but has since been released on bail.

However, officers later arrested a 20-year-old man who is still helping them with inquiries.

Rainton Street was cordoned off by police while inquiries were carried out and one property needed to have a pane of glass replaced.

One passerby said: “We didn’t know anything had happened. It doesn’t look good whatever it was.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Jamie Southwell said: “We’re carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident and how the man came to suffer these injuries.

“We would ask anyone who was in Rainton Street early that morning and saw or heard anything to get in contact with us.

“It’s unusual for such a serious assault to happen in this area and we understand local residents may be concerned.

“Extra officers were on patrol to offer reassurance to the local community and answer any concerns they may have.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.