Three teenage boys have been arrested after a 14-year-old was kicked and had his head stamped on in a 'shocking and violent' robbery.
Around 2.30pm on Wednesday a 14-year-old boy was walking on Dinmore Avenue in Blackpool with two friends when he was approached from behind by several boys.
He was punched to the ground before being kicked and stamped on the head.
During the incident the victim had a gold ring stolen.
The group of boys ran away and the victim was left suffering head and facial injuries, as well as a finger injury.
Following enquiries, on Thursday, a 17-year-old boy and two boys aged 16, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and have been bailed to May 12.
Det Insp Abi Finch-Hall, of Blackpool CID: “This was a particularly shocking and violent robbery which we know has caused considerable anger and concern in the Grange Park community.
“We have made three arrests in connection with our investigation and are making further enquiries as part of the robbery to identify additional suspects.
“We realise people will have strong views on the attack and may seek forms of retribution – I would encourage people not to do this and to allow us to do our jobs and investigate the matter fully.
“We have increased patrols in the area and I want to reassure residents this is very much an ongoing investigation.
“If you have any information which can assist our enquiries please come forward and contact police in confidence.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0920 of April 14.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.