An investigation is under way into reports a man was robbed after celebrating the Chinese New Year in Newcastle.
But thanks to the quick response of police dog Ruben one suspect was located within minutes.
At around 2.50am yesterday morning (Thursday) police received a report that a 60-year-old man had been attacked outside Walkerdene House in Walker.
He said he was assaulted with a hammer in the car park before the two men suspected of attacking him fled the area with a small quantity of cash.
Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, facial injuries.
A search of the area was conducted and Northumbria Police Dog Section's PD Ruben found a male suspect underneath a parked van.
Detective Constable Paul Hodge said: “This was a good job by officers in our response teams and our Dog Section to quickly locate a suspect.
“It was a nasty attack that has left the victim with serious facial injuries and his family are understandably concerned by what has happened.
“Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing but we can reveal that two people have been charged in connection with the offence.
“Extra patrols are being conducted in the area to reassure any other residents who have concerns and if people have information that could help police we’d encourage them to call us.”
If you have information that may assist the police investigation then contact police on 101 quoting log 84 21/02/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- A male has been charged in connection with the incident and appeared before magistrates in Bedlington yesterday where he was remanded in custody until a future hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.
- A second man has also been charged in connection with the incident and will appear before magistrates in Bedlington today.