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Witness appeal following York assault

Detectives in York are appealing for witnesses after an assault in the city.

It happened at around 11.55pm on Wednesday 19 March on St Johns Crescent when a 24-year-old York woman was punched in the face.

As a result of the incident the victim suffered a fractured cheekbone and black eye.

Afterwards the man ran from Penley's Grove Street, using an alleyway which leads to Jackson Street.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early to mid-thirties, around 6ft tall with a slim build, and short dark hair.

At the time he was wearing a dark slim fitting waist length jacket, slim fitting dark jeans and black shoes.

Newcastle pub assault victim dies

A 65-year-old man who suffered a serious head injury in an attack outside the Beehive pub in the High Bridge area of Newcastle on January 28, died in hospital in the early hours of this morning (February 7). He has been named as Kenneth Brough, of Sycamore Street, Lemington, Newcastle.

Officers made arrests on the night of the assault which resulted in one man being charged. 20-year-old Sean Lee Sillet of Bondicar Road, Hadston, Morpeth, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on, January 30.

A 57-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault remains on police bail. Police are continuing to ask for any witnesses to the assault to come forward as enquiries continue.

Man in coma following brutal beating

A man is in a coma following a brutal beating in Middlesbrough.

42-year-old Gerard Williams was attacked with a wooden weapon, possibly a cricket bat or a baseball bat, on Thursday night.

He suffered a fractured skull and broken arms and legs.

Today (February 3) officers held a press conference as the search for his assailant continues.

Jonny Blair reports.

Police appeal after unprovoked assault

York CID are appealing for information after a man’s leg was broken during an unprovoked assault in the early hours of Friday (31 January).

The victim was attacked by two or three men at the junction of Howe Hill Close and Sowerby Road in the city.

The men assaulted the 22-year-old victim with a metal pole and a hammer, leaving him with a bruising all over his body and an open wound where his leg was broken.

The victim was taken to York District Hospital where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

“This was an unprovoked and violent assault which has left the victim with serious injuries.

"It’s vital that we find out who is responsible and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could help the investigation to call the police without delay."

– Detective Constable John Phillips, York CID


Man assaulted in Gateshead

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 25 year old man was attacked in Gateshead after a run in with a group of men.

It happened in the early hours of Friday, December 27th at 12.50am after the man left the Ye Old Cannon Pub at 12.30am. He began talking to a group of men near a taxi rank on Durham Road in Low Fell, then was hit from behind across the head. He was taken to hospital and released after treatment.

Northumbria Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch on 101.

Police appeal for witnesses to Catterick assault

Catterick police are appealing for information following an assault in the town.

It happened at 2.30am on Thursday December 12 on Catterick Road, near Darlington College.

Two men from Catterick Garrison, aged 25 and 29, were assaulted by two other men. The victims received minor head injuries.

One of the men was taken to the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton for treatment.

The first suspect is described as a white man who is short and stocky, with short brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue jumper with white writing on front.

The second man is around 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a zip-up hoodie with writing in the shape of a rainbow on the front.

Police release picture of Catterick assault suspect

CCTV image of Catterick assault suspect.

Police investigating an assault in Catterick, which left two men injured, have released an image of a suspect they need to trace.

The assault happened around 3am on Friday November 8 in the Louis Bar nightclub in Kitchener Road.

A 27-year-old man from Catterick was knocked unconscious. He was taken by ambulance for treatment at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

A 21-year-old friend of the victim, from Darlington, was also hit in the face when he intervened. He was treated by paramedics.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his late teens or early twenties with a slim build and short hair. When he left the bar he was with a number of other people.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Sunderland man sentenced for assault

A man who reportedly fathered 11 children with 10 different women has been sentenced for assaulting a former partner and their child in Sunderland.

28-year-old Keith McDonald got into an argument with Clare Bryant at her home as she did not want him to come into the house.

In trying to push past her, he grabbed her hair and kneed her in the head.

Once inside, the fight continued and McDonald managed to strike their three-year-old as he flung open a fridge door, Sunderland Magistrates' Court heard.

"He claims he was trying to leave the house. He says both parties wanted to go out and not look after the child.

"But he accepts causing the injuries."

– Gavin Sword, defending

McDonald, who has appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at a hearing in July.

He was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody, suspended for 24 months, and a two-year community order.

He was also ordered to pay costs, compensation and a victim surcharge.

"Ms Bryant was at home and Mr McDonald came round to the house as she was getting the children ready.

"She did not want him there and they began to argue at the door. It turned violent as she would not let him in.

"He tried to push past her and he grabbed hold of her hair and kneed her in the head.

"He went away but came back into the house. By then, the children were in the room and an argument started about the fridge.

"He swung the door of the fridge open and the child was struck by the door."

– Michael Rose, prosecuting
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