One arrest after man found with 'life threatening injuries' in Sunderland street

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident in Sunderland city centre in which another man was take to hospital with head injuries.

Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 6:21 pm

Northumbria Police officers sealed off a short stretch of Borough Road, about 50 metres, after the incident on the afternoon of Saturday, August 1.

The road was closed at its junction with Toward Road, between the Kwik Fit garage and the Golden Chef takeaway, but is now re-opened.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Police were called to a report of an assault on Borough Road, Sunderland, yesterday (Saturday, August 1) shortly before 4pm.

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A short section of Borough Road was sealed off after the incident.

“The 36-year-old victim was transported to the RVI suffering from life threatening injuries.

“A 31-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of assault and currently remains in police custody.”

Mollik Ahmed, who runs Perfect Fried Chicken in Borough Road, said that upon arriving for his shift he had seen a man with head injuries lying in the street. Another witness called for an ambulance.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 3.39pm to a report of a man who had been punched and then fallen in the road unconscious.

"We treated a patient with head injuries before transporting him to the RVI.”

The North East Ambulance Service confirmed that the Great North Air Ambulance had been called. However, the injured 36 year-old was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by road.

Paramedics were on the scene within minutes. The injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to the RVI.

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