A DOG walker was beaten up in what police are calling a “totally unprovoked attack”.
Police say the victim was jumped on from behind and suffered injuries that needed hospital treatment.
It happened as the 37-year-old was walking his dog near a grassed area in Lowhills Road, Peterlee.
He was punched in the head and kicked in the face before his attacker fled.
The victim suffered cuts to his head that needed stitches and bruising and swelling to his face.
He was treated in the A&E department at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and released.
PC Neil Johnson, of Peterlee Police, said: “At the moment we can think of no reason for this attack.
“Nothing was stolen and there was nothing said towards him before the attack. The victim was very shaken by the attack which came totally out of the blue.”
The attack happened at around 10.30pm on Thursday, July 14.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Johnson on 0345 6060365.