Police have now begun their investigation to locate five suspects that left a Darlington man in hospital with “serious injuries” after an unprovoked attack.

An investigation is now underway after a man was attacked at the bus stop outside of Waterstones at Darlington’s Cornmill Centre.

The man, who was waiting with his wife at the bus stop, was approached by five men who proceeded to ask him for a slice of pizza.

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He then sustained injuries from a “serious assault” as police now hunt down the suspects and begin making initial enquiries.

An appeal has also been launched, urging the public to come forward with any information regarding the incident that would assist the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Liam Robertson, from Darlington CID is leading the investigation.

He said: “This was an appalling attack which has left a man in hospital with serious injuries.

“We believe several people will have witnessed the incident as it was early evening and the town centre was busy.

“We are also keen to speak to the owner of a small dark blue or purple car that was at the scene, possibly a Hyundai i10 or similar, as they may have information that could help our investigation.

“If you saw what happened or saw the suspects either before or after the incident, then please get in touch.”

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Anyone with any information is asked to call call DS Robertson on 101, extension number 202690, or email him at liam.robertson@durham.police.uk. 

Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.