A BAR worker was left needing hospital treatment after an unprovoked assault in a pub in Durham.

The man, who was working at The Belmont Pub, in Moor End Terrace, Durham, required stitches after the assault, which happened at about 9.45pm on Saturday, August 31.

Police have released details of the attack - including CCTV footage - in a bid to track down those responsible.

Detective Constable Leanne Howe, who is leading the investigation with Durham CID, said: “This was a shocking incident which was completely unprovoked and left one man with serious injuries.

“Thankfully the victim is now recovering, but this attack could have had a much worse outcome and we are keen to trace the suspect and the people with him.

“If you recognise any of the people in the CCTV I would urge you to come forward as soon as possible.”

A police spokesperson said: "After entering the pub, a man – who was with another man and two women - carried out an unprovoked assault on a member of staff who suffered injuries to his arm and neck.

"The group then left the pub but the suspect returned moments later and threw a barstool at other customers, although no one else was injured."

The group made off in a black Seat Leon car with the registration MEZ 3542.

The men are described as being in their early 20s and about 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in in height.

Both were wearing white polo shirts, one has dark hair and the other is blond.

The victim was taken to hospital where he received stitches and is now recovering at home.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident reference 475 of August 31, or alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.