Tyne & Wear

Newcastle gang attack man with hatchets, bars and ammonia

Weapon Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption This weapon was found in the van, Northumbria Police said

Eleven people have been arrested after a man was attacked with hatchets, bats, metal bars, knives and ammonia.

The assault happened in Walker, Newcastle, at about 16:20 GMT on 8 December, police said.

A group of 12 masked men in a white van attacked a man standing outside the Fosse Hotel pub on the Fossway.

He was taken to hospital with stab wounds and a fractured skull. A woman bystander was squirted with ammonia and needed hospital treatment.

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Image caption A white Vauxhall Vivaro was found after a collision on nearby Roman Avenue

Northumbria Police said officers had been "working around the clock" to identify suspects.

Crimestoppers was offering a cash reward of £2,000 for anonymous information that led to a conviction, the force said.

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