A MAN suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was attacked from behind near a city centre park.

The 53-year-old victim was assaulted as he walked from Leazes Park, Newcastle, between 6pm and 6.30pm on Sunday.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The victim had walked from Leazes Park, up Barrack Road and onto Brighton Grove where he is believed to have been attacked from behind by two men.

"The offenders then fled the area at which point he was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheek bone and a damaged eye socket.

"He was unable to describe his attackers and now detectives have launched an investigation to identify those responsible."

Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area on Sunday evening should contact Northumbria Police on 01 quoting log 1119 09/09/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information can also be reported online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact or email the OIC on 2053@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.