Man in hospital after hammer attack in Sunderland

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A MAN is in hospital after a violent intruder attacked him with a hammer - breaking his jaw, arm and ribs.

Just before 2am today, the ambulance service called the police to say the 39-year-old had been injured in Chestnut Crescent.

Officers found the victim in the house with his injuries.

He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he remains. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The police say it looks like he was assaulted with a hammer during an aggravated burglary.

Investigations are continuing today and police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Acting Detective Sergeant Nick Lawrance, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “This investigation is in its early stages and enquiries are ongoing today.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who spotted anything suspicious in the area or witnessed anyone unfamiliar going in or coming out of the property in the early hours of the morning.

“Their information could prove vital to the investigation.

“Officers will be patrolling the area today to reassure residents. I’d ask anyone with concerns or anyone with information to speak to them.”

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 84 14/03/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.