Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident which occurred at 7.45pm on Monday, April 28th.
A couple were walking their dog between Marine Walk and Roker Terrace.
The walkers were approached by a man an woman who stopped and spoke to them for a few moments.
Police have confirmed an altercation then took place in which the dog walker was slapped across the face.
The man and woman then made off from the scene.
Police have described the woman as being white, in her mid 20s and around 5ft 10ins tall. She is of stocky build and has shoulder length black hair and a star tattoo on her neck underneath her right ear. She was wearing black leggings and a long black jumper.
The man she was with is described as being white, around 21 years old and 5ft10ins tall. He is of slim build and had medium length untidy brown hair. He was wearing a dark sweater, dark tracksuit bottoms and pink socks with white plimsoll shoes. He was carrying a an orange JD sports bag.
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 023104R/14.
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