A man's fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked outside a church in Sunderland.
Police received reports around 10.45am on Saturday 25 March, that a man had been assaulted in the car park of Hope House Community Church on Hendon Road.
The 40-year-old had been involved in an altercation with two other men in the car park at which point he was assaulted and fell to the ground.
Emergency services were called and the man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries by the air ambulance.
The two men suspected of carrying out the attack had already fled the scene when the police arrived.
Enquiries to trace those involved are still ongoing and detectives are now appealing for help from the public.