A MAN was cut with a knife and punched in a midnight attack in Whitley Bay at the weekend.
The 22-year-old was assaulted on a grassed area in Newsteads Drive between 11.55pm on Saturday and 12.09am on Sunday.
The man was walking home after visiting friends when he was set upon by a group of men.
He was punched to the ground by the gang, then scratched with what is believed to have been a knife, breaking the skin but not causing serious wounds.
The offenders then made off, leaving their victim to seek help.
An ambulance was called, and he received medical treatment.
Police are making house-to-house inquiries, and extra patrols are being put on to reassure residents.
Anyone able to help them track down the attackers is asked to call them on 101 ext 69191.