A MAN is having surgery to save his sight after a thug smashed a bottle in his face.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the serious assault on the 41-year-old man as he walked home at 10.30pm on Sunday.

He was attacked as he walked near the Sun Inn, on the junction of Southwick Road and Thompson Road in Sunderland.

A man approached him, and for no apparent reason, smashed a glass or bottle into his face.

The victim, a local man, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital but later transferred to the Sunderland Eye Infirmary, where he was undergoing an operation yesterday.

Police want anyone who saw anything to contact Sunderland City CID on 0191-454 7555.