03/07/2017 Hartlepool

Appeal after Report of Man Assaulted by Group of Youths, Hartlepool

We are appealing for information on an alleged prolonged assault which is reported to have taken place in the area known locally as the bull ring, opposite Stranton Social Club in Hartlepool.

A 20 year old man has reported he was followed and verbally abused as he walked from near the One Life Centre at around 2am on Saturday 1st July, then assaulted in the bull ring which comprises Stockton Road, Elwick Road and Waldron Street.

He was discovered by a concerned member of the public, who alerted police.  The alleged victim underwent surgery for serious head and facial injuries at James Cook University Hospital and he remains in hospital recovering.

Two men aged 17 and 21 were arrested on suspicion of assault and they have been released from custody with no bail conditions while inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Philip Lamb of Hartlepool Volume Crime Team via the 101 number.  Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via its website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111.