Appeal launched after serious assault outside Ed Sheeran gig at Stadium of Light

A man was hospitalised after being assaulted outside the Ed Sheeran show

Police are appealing for help after an assault at the Stadium of Light following an Ed Sheeran show earlier this month left a man hospitalised.

An investigation has been ongoing since a report of an assault outside the ground at about 10 pm on Saturday, June 4.

Ed Sheeran performed two shows at the Stadium of Light earlier this month on the first Friday and Saturday of June - coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The Grammy and Brit Award winner visited the North East with his +-=÷x tour, but it had a sour end for a few attendees.

It was reported that the victim of the attack was standing outside to the left of the main reception and club shop as the gig was coming to a close when he got into a verbal argument with another man and woman.

A short time later, the male victim in his 40s is alleged to have been assaulted by the man – suffering multiple injuries that are described as serious.

He was subsequently taken to hospital where he remains.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault and has since been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He is next due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the assault, and police are now appealing for anybody who witnessed it to come forward.

Detective Constable Melissa Mcleod, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly a serious incident that has resulted in a man being taken to hospital with head injuries.

“The incident unfolded in a busy location just outside of the ground and our enquiries lead us to believe that it was witnessed by a number of people. We are asking those individuals who think they witnessed a serious assault, or any events that may have led to an assault, after the concert last Saturday to get in touch with us.

“Your information, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be, could prove the key to our ongoing investigation.

“A man has since been charged and is due to appear in court in relation to this incident. As a result, I would ask that everyone refrains from any speculation – both in the community and on social media – that could jeopardise those live proceedings.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting crime number 065655F/22.