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Witness appeal after teenage boy assaulted in Banbury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy was assaulted in Banbury.

The 15-year-old was walking alone through Hardwick Park at around 6.30pm on Thursday, 28 March when he was approached by a group of three youths and attacked.

The victim was punched in the face, hit on the head with a wooden pole, subjected to racial and abuse and threats to kill, before the offenders chased him with a knife as he ran to escape.

He suffered a nose bleed as a result but did not require hospital treatment.

A 14-year-old boy from the town was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment, possession of a bladed article and racially aggravated threats to kill. He has been bailed to appear on 16 April at Banbury police station.

Investigating officer, PC Gabbey-Cristofini, based at the town's police station, said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for the victim. I would urge anyone who witnessed this to please come forward.

“In particular I would like to hear from a woman who was walking a dog in Hardwick Park at the time of the incident, as she may information vital to our investigation."

Anyone with information on this incident of assault and public order can contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101, or report the details on the force's website, quoting reference 43190094915.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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