THREE robbers kicked a man unconscious before stealing his wallet at a South Tyneside Metro station.
Police are today appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at Brockley Whins, on Wednesday.
At just before 10.50pm a 44-year-old man was approached by three men as he walked across the bridge.
Investigating officer Police Constable Mark Bradwell explained: “The victim got off the Metro and was walking across the bridge, when he approached three men wearing dark clothing.
“As he passed them he felt a blow to the back of his head, and was knocked to the ground, where he was kicked repeatedly. The victim remembers someone going through his pockets and removing his wallet, before falling unconscious for what we believe was a few minutes.
“When he came round he discovered his mobile phone had been stolen, but managed to recover his wallet from close by. On further inspection he noticed cash and number of other items had been taken.
“The victim sustained a number of cuts to his head and scalp, and bruising and grazing to his face.”
“We would like to hear from anyone who may have been near Brockley Whins station at the time of the incident or may have seen a group of three men in the area.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference number B16/NEA of 10/12/2012. Alternatively contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.