A MAN was left fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called at about 2.50am after a 43-year-old man was assaulted following a disturbance in Edward Burdis Street, Sunderland.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault but has since been released on police bail.

Enquiries into the disturbance have been ongoing and now police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said: "This assault has come after a disturbance in the street and a number of people were in the area.

"Residents would have heard raised voices prior to the assault and may have witnessed an argument outside of an address.

"We have carried out extensive house-to-house enquiries but we think there are still people who may have useful information who have not yet spoken to police.

"If you live in that area and have heard something going on then we would encourage you to pick up the phone and contact police.

"One person has been arrested but this is an investigation into a serious assault and any piece of information could be vital to our investigation."

To assist the police investigation call 101 quoting log 132 12/05/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.