Walker group attack - Eleven arrests made

16 Dec 2016 13:52 PM

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Police in Newcastle have arrested eleven people in connection with a group attack in Walker.

Around 4.20pm on Thursday, December 8, a group of 12 masked men in a white van attacked a man who was standing outside of the Fosse Hotel pub on the Fossway.

They were armed with bats, metal bars, hatchets, knives and ammonia and left the victim hospitalised with a fractured skull and stab wounds. A female bystander was also injured by being squirted with ammonia and needed hospital treatment.

A full investigation was launched into the attack and teams of officers have been working around the clock to identify and arrest those involved.

Earlier this week four men were arrested in connection with the incident and in the last 24 hours another seven men have been taken into custody.

Enquiries remain ongoing into the incident and the independent charity Crimestoppers are offering an enhanced cash reward for information.

Superintendent David Felton said: "We have been relentless in our pursuit of those involved in this very serious incident and there are no plans to stop now. We are still looking to identify and arrest a number of other people who are believed to be involved in the attack and we have a number of lines of enquiry underway.

"The local community have been fantastic so far in helping us with our investigation and we are continuing to ask for their support. Crimestoppers have increased their cash reward to up to £2,000 for information that comes through to them and helps lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved, and I would urge anyone who can help to ring them as soon as possible.

"By using Crimestoppers then you don't have to give your name or any details and the police will never know who you are, all we are interested in is the information and getting those responsible behind bars and off our streets."

Anyone with any information can pass it onto Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by ringing Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 757 09/12/16

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