A TEENAGER was kicked in the ribs and robbed of his mobile phone in Thatcham on Friday afternoon.

At around 4pm on Friday, December 16 two 12-year-old boys were scooting in Station Road near the Co-op when they were approached by a man on a bike.

The man then elbowed one of the boys, causing him to fall into the bushes before he was kicked in his midriff and had his phone taken from his pocket.

The phone was later recovored in Horne Road.

“This was a busy time of the day and we understand there was a number of people walking past this location at the time,” said detective constable Claire Midwinter.

“We urge anyone to call us if they have any information which would help us identify a suspect for this nasty unprovoked attack.”

She added: “A 12-year-old boy has been left scared and worried to leave his home due to this incident.”

The offender is white, 5ft 8ins, in his 20s or early 30s, muscular, with short, curly light brown hair and big bushy eyebrows, pale skin and stubble on his chin.

He had a bandana covering just his nose area which had a black pattern with red stars on it. He also had two dark circles under each eye.

His sleeves were rolled up and he was wearing a rubber bracelet on his wrist which was purple and bright green in colour and was wearing a black Adidas hooded top.

He was wearing dark jogging bottoms with white stripes down either side of the leg which both had rips at the knee.

He was wearing black Nike trainers with a blue sole.

Anyone with information should call 101.