A young boy was punched in the head by a pair of thugs after refusing to give them his bike.

The 12-year-old was attacked shortly after 3pm on Monday between Brock Road and Dewhurst Road, in Warrington.

While riding his bike on the footpath, two teenagers grabbed his bike and told him to get off it.

When the victim refused to give over the bicycle, the teenagers punched him in the side of the head and pulled him off.

Dewhurst Road in Warrington

The teens then rode the black and red mountain bike in the direction of the bridge over Dewhurst Road.

A description of the two boys, believed to be around 15 or 16 years old, has now been released by police.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: "The boys are believed to be aged around 15 or 16.

"One of them is described as being of a chubby build, wearing all black clothing, a scarf and his face was covered.

"The other teenager is described as being of a skinny build.

"He was wearing a black jumper over a black hooded top and black Nike trainers."

Detective Constable John Parry, from Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “The actions of both teenagers was inexcusable, they left a child terrified in what was an unprovoked assault in order to steal his bike.

“We are following a number of lines enquiry to find the teenagers responsible and I am keen to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation.

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“If you saw the robbery take place, were in the area shortly before and after, or think you know who committed this crime, please get in touch.

“With your help we could find those responsible and possibly reunite the child with his bike.”

If you have any information please contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 628000 or visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers https://crimestoppers-uk.org/