Northumberland's violent injury toll
Hospital staff in the Northumberland area treated five serious assault victims a week last year, new figures show.
Anti-violence charities say the figures show more needs to be done to tackle issues such as knife crime and alcohol-fueled brawls.
NHS figures shows doctors at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust saw 255 patients who had been admitted to hospital after being assaulted in 2019-20 – an average of almost five patients every week.
They were among 5,255 assault victims recorded across the North East and Yorkshire.
Nationally, 28,905 assault admissions were recorded.
Local breakdowns on the type of assault are not available, but nationally assault by bodily force was the most common cause of admission – accounting for 16,852 hospital stays – and knife and sharp object injuries accounted for 4,674 admissions and assaults with a blunt object 2,115.
The charity Stand Against Violence said the figures show knives are not as much of a problem as fists, despite "relentless emphasis" on knife crime.
CEO Adam Fouracre said: "We need to ensure our efforts to tackle violence focus on tackling violence holistically and not honing in on weapons.
“Alcohol use, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, is a major contributor to societal violence.”
Patrick Green, CEO of anti-knife charity the Ben Kinsella Trust, said it was a relief to see a drop in knife-related injuries, after admissions fell from 5,069 in 2018-19.
But with admissions still the third highest for a decade, he said there is still a "long way to go before we can start to think that we are turning the tide on knife crime".