A man has been arrested by police after a suspected stabbing in Sunderland.
At around 3am today (Weds) police received a report that a 29-year-old man had been assaulted at an address on Tel-El-Kebir Road in Hendon.
Emergency services attended and found the victim had been allegedly stabbed in the neck.
The victim was taken to hospital by paramedics with a serious neck injury but it is not believed to be life-threatening.
Police quickly launched an investigation and at around 5.40am a 34-year-old man was arrested at an address on nearby Tower Street West. He remains in custody at this time.
Detectives are this morning carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances around the incident and are now appealing for help from the public.
Detective Inspector Sean McGuigan is leading the investigation and said officers are yet to trace the weapon used during the alleged assault.
He said: "This looks like a very serious assault but thankfully it is not believed that the victim's injuries are life-threatening.
"It was an isolated incident involving two people who knew each other so there is no wider risk to people living in the area.
"A man is currently in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of assault but we still need assistance from residents in the Hendon area.
"We are yet to find the knife that caused the injuries and believe it could have been discarded in the area surrounding Tel-El-Kebir Road and Tower Street West.
"Searches will be carried out to find it but we are asking residents in the area to call us if they find what could have been the weapon in this assault.
“If anyone does come across something they believe to be a knife then they should not touch it and call police immediately.
"Anyone who has information that could assist our investigation are also asked to contact us. Even the smallest piece of information could be vital."
If you can assist police, or believe you may have seen the knife that was discarded following the assault, then call officers on 101 quoting log 102 01/08/18.
You can also report information online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.