A HOMEOWNER was stabbed when he went out to confront three men in his garden.
The victim, believed to be in his 40s, went out after hearing a disturbance outside his house in Nunn Street, Shiney Row, yesterday morning.
After confronting the three men, he was then stabbed and the attackers fled the scene.
The man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where was said to be in a stable condition.
Detectives later arrested three men, all in their 20s. One of the alleged attackers was taken to hospital after being injured in the scuffle.
Police are making door-to-door inquiries to establish what happened.
Stunned residents today spoke of their shock at the attack happening just yards from their homes.
Pensioner Harold Barlow has lived in the street with wife Jean, 69, for the past eight years.
“The house was cordoned off with police tape when I got up and when my wife went out she could see two ambulances, paramedics and police officers,” said Mr Barlow, 73.
“I don’t know the name of the person it’s happened to but he’s a nice man. I remember he used to give me eggs from the allotment he had near here.”
Another Nunn Street resident, 23-year-old bar worker Allen Young, said: “I saw some people had put stuff about it on Facebook.
“I’m surprised because it’s quite quiet around here. You wouldn’t expect anything like this. I’ve lived here for two years now and had no bother whatsoever.”
The attack took place shortly after 6am.
Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier said: “We have extra officers in the area speaking to residents and carrying out enquiries.
“We need to speak to anyone who was in the area, perhaps leaving for work, and who might have seen anything suspicious.
“Violent behaviour has no place in our society and we’d ask anyone with information to get in touch.”
Anyone with information regarding the stabbing should contact police on 101 ext 69191.