Police have made two arrests following an assault in Gateshead which has left a man in a critical condition.
At just before 3pm, on Saturday, May 2, police received a report from the ambulance service that a passer-byhad found a man lying on the ground semi-conscious on Sunderland Road,in Gateshead.
Officers attended the scene where around the same time the man was found, four men were seen making off from thearea.
The 41-year-old was taken to the RVI suffering from a head injury. His condition is described as critical.
Police are investigating the incident as an assault. As a result of enquiries, two men, aged 26 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent. They are currently helping police with enquiries.
Acting Detective Inspector Neil Wynd, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “We are continuingto investigate this incident today and are keen for any witnesses to come forward.
“We have already spoken to a number of people but this incident happened in the early afternoon when many people may have been going about their daily business.
“If anyone saw what happened to this man before he was discovered or saw people leaving the area afterwards they should contact police.
“Officers are patrolling the area today to offer reassurance to residents. Anyone with any concerns shouldspeak to them.”