A MAN has been hospitalised after an assault near a Sunderland petrol station.
At just after 2am, on Thursday, January 1, police received a report from members of the public of a man unconscious on the ground near the Murco petrol station, on Pallion New Road.
Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service where the 25-year-old man was located at a nearby address.
Initial inquiries suggest the victim became involved in an altercation with a group of four men during which he was assaulted, suffering a significant head injury.
He was in company with another man who was also assaulted but suffered minor injuries only.
The 25-year-old was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the RVI where he remains.
His condition is described as serious.
The offenders made off towards the Queen Alexandra Bridge.
The group of men are described as aged around 25, three were white and one black and all were wearing dark clothing.
Detective Inspector Dave Brown, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Our investigations into this assault are ongoing and are at an early stage.
“The victim has suffered a serious head injury and we are doing all we can to locate the person responsible for this attack and the group he was in company with.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault, had been present during it, or who may have seen or knows who these group of men are, to come forward.
“We have officers in the area carrying out enquiries and to offer reassurance to the public. Anyone with concerns should speak to them.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 300 01/01/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.