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Police arrest man who climbed on roof after alleged assault involving knife on Sunderland street

A man has been taken to hospital with a hand injury after a suspected assault involving a knife in Sunderland. Emergency services were called to reports of an assault on Roker Avenue in Sunderland at 6.23pm on Thursday evening. Following a verbal altercation with two others, a 23-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and was taken to hospital with an injury to his hand believed to have been made by a blade.

A 33-year-old man was arrested a short time later inside a different address on Roker Avenue.

Residents said police closed off the road following an incident on Roker Avenue

A second man, aged 33, climbed onto the roof of the building in a bid to evade capture but was later brought to safety and also arrested in connection with the assault. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 6.30pm today (Thursday) we received a report of an assault on Roker Avenue. “It was reported that a man had been walking down the street when he became involved in a verbal altercation with two other men, who were inside an address.

“The offenders have then left the address and approached the 23-year-old victim and assaulted him before fleeing the scene. “Officers and emergency services attended and the victim was taken to hospital with an injury to his hand, consistent with a bladed article. “Door to door inquiries were carried out and a 33-year-old man was arrested a short time later inside a different address on Roker Avenue.

“A second man, also aged 33, who inside the property has then climbed on to the roof of the building in a bid to evade capture.

He was brought to safety a short time after and also arrested in connection with the assault.

“Both men remain in police custody at this time.”