A suspected burglar has suffered a broken leg and cheekbone after being confronted by a gang of men.
Northumbria Police said a man was disturbed on Wednesday night allegedly breaking into a house in Wingrove Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle.
He was chased into nearby Woodburn Avenue where he was attacked.
Four men, aged 16 to 21, are in custody on suspicion of assault. Police said the injured man is being treated in hospital and will be questioned later.