Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack on a 41-year-old man in Front Street, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, which left him with a fractured skull.

The man was detained overnight in hospital following the incident, between 5pm and 6.30pm on New Year's Day, but his injuries are not life threatening. Witnesses are asked to contact Ashington CID on (01661) 872555.