Violent attacks on Sunderland streets

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TWO men were injured when violence broke out on two Sunderland estates.

City detectives believe both attacks, in Thorney Close and Town End Farm, involved the occupants of the same car – a black VW Polo.

It is thought the people involved knew each other, and extra patrols have been drafted in to reassure residents in both communities.

Police were first called to Thorney Close, after reports that a 33-year-old man had been knocked over by a car in Thistle Road.

The occupants of the vehicle then got out and assaulted the injured man, before damaging a car parked in the street.

The victim suffered a minor head injury and cut to his hand, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

It is believed the Polo was then driven to a house in Town End Farm, where the car’s occupants attacked a 37-year-old man.

He suffered minor injuries.

Detectives say they want to speak to anyone who witnessed either attack, or saw a black Polo VW in Thorney Close or Town End Farm shortly after 10am on Saturday.

Acting Detective Inspector Eric Myers, said: “We believe those involved in this incident know each other. However, we understand how concerning it can be for residents.

“We’re carrying out inquiries to ensure all those suspected of being involved are apprehended, and would urge anyone with any information to contact us.”

Witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191. Alternatively, they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

•A 28-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man were arrested in connection with the assaults, and have been released on police bail.

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