A MAN was knocked unconscious after being punched outside a County Durham pub.

It happened outside The Wicket Gate pub in Chester-le-Street, at about 6.45pm on Saturday, March 9.

A police spokesperson said: "It is believed the suspect entered into an altercation with the victim before punching him unconscious and leaving the injured man with facial injuries.

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"The suspect is described as being of large build, wearing a red top."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call PC Helen Willcox on 101, quoting reference number 324 of March 9.