Police are trying to track down a man who is suspected of assaulting two people after breaking into a house.
Northumbria Police say that shortly before 10am yesterday, they received a report of a disturbance at a house in Martindale Park, Houghton.
A man had forced his way into a house before assaulting a man, aged 56, and woman, 45, inside.
He then fled the scene.
The victims were both taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Police are now hoping to trace the suspect and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "At around 9.44am on Tuesday, July 10, police received a report of a disturbance at an address on Martindale Park in Houghton.
"Officers responded and found that a man had forced entry to the property and assaulted a man and woman who were inside of the address.
"The man then fled the address.
"The 56-year-old man and 45-year-old woman who were inside of the address were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
“Attempts to locate the offender are now ongoing.
"Anyone with information which could assist the investigation should contact us on 101 quoting reference number 271 10/07/18.”