Two brothers were left in hospital after being victims of a savage woodland attack.
The pair, aged 17 and 22, were on a bike ride at Boldon Colliery Woods, off Cotswold Lane, when they were approached by a 20-strong gang of youths.
Their mum, who does not wish to be named, said they were punched and then chased by the gang, who forced them off their bikes and launched a ten-minute attack.
“They are lucky to be alive,” she said. “They were savagely attacked by a gang of 20 or more youths aged between 17 and 20.
“My eldest son pleaded with them to stop but they repeatedly kicked him. They nearly kicked him to death.
“Their bikes were expensive but they didn’t seem interested in getting them –they just wanted to beat them up.
“I just want them to be prosecuted and warn people to keep out of the area until police catch the culprits.”
The eldest brother was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital at about 10.30pm after his younger sibling managed to borrow a phone from passers-by.
The pair were kept in overnight but have since been allowed home to recover.
The 22-year-old suffered cracked ribs, a fractured wrist and thumb and head injuries as well as wounds to his legs.
A police spokeswoman said they were called to the attack, which happened at around 8pm on September 19, and spoke with a number of youths in the area.
Inquiries are continuing and police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Jon Commons said: “We take these types of incidents very seriously and officers are stepping up patrols in this area.
“Those involved in incidents of violence or anti-social behaviour will be targeted by officers and further action taken as appropriate.
“We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident. We would also encourage local people to come and speak to officers about any concerns they may have.”
Any witnesses and anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1262 of 19/09/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.