Officers investigating an assault on a 17-year-old boy in Swindon are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
During the early evening of 25 November, the teenager was walking on the footpath between Northern Road and Vicarage Road, known locally as St Mary’s Park, when he became aware of a group of teenagers on bikes following him.
The group were not known to the victim.
They began shouting abuse at him, and then followed him to the steps of St Mary’s Church, where a number of them punched him in the head.
The victim managed to defend himself, and the group backed away when an elderly lady and a man walking a dog approached the area.
The victim was not seriously injured but was shocked by the incident.
One of the youths in the group is described as black, approximately 17 years old, 5 ft 8 inches tall, medium build and dreadlocks. He was wearing a light grey tracksuit.
Another member of the group is described as white, aged 17 and 5 ft 8 inches tall. He was of a heavy build and was wearing a dark grey zip-up hoody.
The third male in the group is described as white, aged 17, skinny build, with long blond hair. He was wearing glasses and a black pullover hooded jumper and black jeans. He was riding a BMX.
Anyone who may have information in relation to the suspects, or anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police, should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54180111914.