Police are reassuring residents after an assault on South Tyneside.
A man and a woman were taken to hospital for treatment after the incident in Simonside Hall at 2:42am.
Officers are searching for a man in connection with the attack. The offender is described as being white, around 30 years old and was wearing a grey tracksuit and dark blue hooded top.
Chief Inspector Aiden Sloan, from Northumbria Police, said police will be on patrol in the area.
– Chief Inspector Aiden Sloan, Northumbria Police
"Such incidents are rare but local residents will have seen a number of officers in the street in early hours of this morning. Local neighbourhood officers will be in the area throughout today to support and reassure the local community."