Witness appeal after assault in Sunderland

15 Nov 2017 13:32 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a man in Sunderland earlier this year, who recently died.

The assault happened at 7.05pm on Monday, September 11, in Hastings Street in Hendon. The victim, a 36-year-old man, was attacked in the street, knocked to the ground and assaulted. He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with a head injury and transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment and later discharged from hospital. Following enquiries a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation.

In the early hours of Sunday, November 5, police were called to an address in Barclay Street in Sunderland by the ambulance service, who were dealing with a sudden death. The deceased, was the man who had previously been assaulted in Sunderland. Police attended the address, and the circumstances around the death are part of an ongoing investigation.  A post mortem examination has been carried out, however, the result was inconclusive.

Detective Sergeant Victoria Ford-Stubbs, Sunderland CID said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the street attack back on Monday, September 11 to come forward to help with enquiries."

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number of 1019 of 11/09/17. If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.