A MAN needed surgery for a fractured cheekbone after being attacked on his way home.
The 47-year-old victim had just entered Cummings Square, in Wingate, when he became aware of two men walking towards him.
As the men passed him the victim, who has not been named, felt a blow to the side of his head and as he turned towards them they both punched him to the head and face.
He fell to the ground and his attackers kicked him several times in the face and head before running off up King’s Road in the direction of Durham Road.
The victim made his way home but did not seek medical advice until several days after the attack when he went to Peterlee Community Hospital.
He was referred to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he underwent surgery for a fractured cheekbone.
Prior to the attack, the victim had left a friend’s house in Bruce Crescent, Wingate, and was walking home.
Both suspects are described as 26 to 28 years-of-age.
One was about 5ft 10in tall and stocky while the other was about 6ft 4in tall, of slim build, with a shaven head.
PC Gary Barnes, of Peterlee Police, said: “This appears to have been an unprovoked attack.
“The victim was initially unaware that the injury to his face was as serious as it turned out to be.
“I would urge anyone who might have witnessed what happened, or has any information about the individuals responsible for the assault to contact Peterlee police.”
The incident occurred at about 1.30am on Sunday, May 29, but was only reported to police on June 15.
Any witnesses are asked to call police on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.