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Gang attacks and robs boy

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information in connection with the robbery of a boy in Newbury.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy was walking with his girlfriend along the canal path from the direction of London Road towards Victoria Park at about 2.45pm yesterday (16/5).

The victim was then surrounded by a group of about eight to ten teenage boys, who are described as white and mixed race.

The offenders assaulted the victim, by punching him.

The offenders then stole the victim’s rucksack, before fleeing in the direction of Faraday Road. The rucksack was later recovered by police officers.

The victim sustained head injuries, including a broken nose. He was treated at hospital but has since been discharged.

Investigator Sue Bradshaw said: “This was a shocking incident but I want to reassure the local community that we are carrying out a thorough investigation. We are determined to find the offenders and have already made one arrest, but I would urge anyone who knows the names of the perpetrators to contact police.

“We are also appealing for those Good Samaritans who helped the victim after the robbery. We need to speak to them as they may have vital information that can help our investigation.

“If you are one of those Good Samaritans, know the names of the offenders, or have any other information then please contact the force. The easiest way to do this is by leaving your information on our website, or you can call 101, using the reference 43200144421.

“If you have information but would prefer to remain 100% anonymous then please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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