South Shields man fighting for his life after brutal street attack

Mark Morton is fighting for his life after being attacked outside shops in Whiteleas.
Mark Morton is fighting for his life after being attacked outside shops in Whiteleas.

The family of a man who was left clinging to life after a brutal street attack in South Tyneside say they are ‘praying’ he wins his fight for survival.

Mark Morton has been left paralysed on one side of his body after suffering a stroke and has a bleed to the brain and shattered jaw after a vicious broad daylight assault by a number of men in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, on Saturday.

Mark Morton was attacked outside the shops in Whiteleas Way.

Mark Morton was attacked outside the shops in Whiteleas Way.

The 35-year-old underwent emergency surgery at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital yesterday with his three brothers, Ian, Colin and Eddie Tiffin holding an anxious hospital vigil, awaiting news.

Mark was taken to South Tyneside Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

He was moved to Newcastle’s RVI hospital in the early hours of Sunday as his condition continued to deteriorate.

Older brother Ian Tiffin, 45, says Mark is fighting for life.

He said: “Mark is in a life-threatening situation. He has a bleed on a brain and has had his jaw shattered in two places. He suffered a stroke and has been paralysed on his left side.

“It is an awful time for the whole family. We are just praying that he pulls through. He is in everyone’s prayers.

Mr Tiffin says his brother is a ‘down-to-earth guy’ alway keen to help others.

“He is always fit and well and is always out on his bike.”

He added: “He is always helping people. He’s a really down-to-earth guy. It is horrific what has happened.

“I want to help him but there is nothing that I can do.”

The attack happened after Mark was leaving the row of shops at Whiteleas Way when he was set upon at about 1.15pm on Saturday.

Kevin Dunn, 26, of no fixed abode, was charged with grievous bodily harm at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday in connection with the attack.

He entered no pleas and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on November 23.