A man is in hospital in a critical condition after he was attacked in South Shields with what is believed to have been a metal pole.
Around 9:25pm on Friday February 8th a man was walking in South Eldon Street when he was approached by a group of three men who then assaulted him.
The 35-year-old suffered a fractured skull and was taken to the RVI in Newcastle - where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Police are describing the attack as "a serious assault", and a section of South Eldon Street had to be temporarily closed. Enquiries into the assault are ongoing.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.