A man had his jaw broken during a street attack near North Shields Metro station carried out in the middle of the afternoon.
The assault occurred a week ago on Tuesday at 3.53pm in Nile Street following an altercation with a stranger.
The 27-year-old victim was set upon and knocked to the ground, then subjected to further blows.
The injured man was later taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment for a broken jaw.
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the attack to come forward.
The offender is described as a white man aged 19 to 25, about 6ft tall and of medium build.
He is described as having cropped dirty blond hair and being unshaven. He was wearing a grey hoodie.
Police are asking anyone in Nile Street at the time and able to offer information enabling them to track down the culprit to get in touch.
Potential witnesses can call police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.