A MAN has died after being assaulted during a street disturbance in Sunderland. 

Paul Hutchinson, from Sunderland, died in hospital yesterday following the assault, which happened at about 2.50am on Sunday, May 12.

The 42-year-old, from Ford Estate, was assaulted in Edward Burdis Street and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has since been released on police bail.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole said: “This was a devastating incident that has tragically led to Paul’s death.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time, and our officers will continue to offer them any support that they may need.

“This assault has come following a disturbance in the street and we understand a number of people were in the area, so may have seen something.

“Residents are likely to have heard raised voices prior to the assault and may have witnessed an argument outside of an address.

“We are committed to determining the circumstances surrounding Paul’s death. One person has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation, and officers will remain in the area to carry out enquiries and offer any reassurance to residents.

“I would like to thank members of the public who have already got in touch and passed on information to police, and would ask any witnesses yet to come forward to please pick up the phone.”

Mr Hutchinson's family is being supported by specialist officers and have asked that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with their loss.

Anyone who can assist the police investigation is asked to call 101 quoting log 132 12/05/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information can also be reported online at www.northumbria.police.uk.