Men arrested after serious assault at Sunderland church
26 Mar 2018 16:00 PM[View Full Size]
Five men have been arrested as police continue to appeal for witnesses to a serious assault outside a Sunderland church.
At around 10.45am on Friday police received a report of an assault in the car park of Hope House Community Church on Hendon Road.
The 40-year-old male victim had got involved in an altercation with two other men in the car park before being assaulted and falling to the ground.
Following the incident the man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries by the air ambulance where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The two men involved in the assault fled the scene shortly after the assault.
Enquiries into the incident are still ongoing but police have arrested five men - aged 41, 30, 29, 27 and 25 - in connection with the assault. They have been released under investigation.
Detective Inspector Sean McGuigan is leading the investigation into the assault and said police are still keen to speak to any other witnesses to the assault.
He said: "This was a very serious assault that has left a man fighting for his life and we took quick action to make some arrests in connection with the incident.
"It took place in broad daylight in the car park of a church and this would have been very disturbing for any local people in the area at the time.
"We do believe those involved were known to each other and that this was not just a random attack however we still need people in the area at the time to get in touch.
"We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened but also anyone who saw two men leaving the area at the time of the incident on Friday."
Detectives ask that anyone who saw two men leaving the area concerned, or have information that could identify them, to get in touch with police.
If anyone can assist detectives then they are asked to call 101 quoting log 368 23/03/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.