Man suffers serious head injuries during assault

A man suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted in Newbiggin.

Paramedics and police officers were called to Front Street just before 2.40am on Sunday after reports an unconscious man was lying in the street.

The 60-year-old was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital for treatment to head and facial injuries, before being transferred to Newcastle’s RVI where his condition was described as serious but stable.

Police are carrying out enquiries into the assault and extra officers were on patrol in the area.

Detectives are keen to hear from any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the early hours.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting log number 191 040514 or Crimestoppers on 0800 500111.

• Darren Burn, 29, of Spittal Crescent, Newbiggin, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on May 6.