A KIDNAPPED teenager escaped his captors after he was beaten and thrown into the back of a car.

The 16-year-old boy was walking on Valentia Road at around 11pm on September 1 when he was punched and forced into an old red Nissan Micra.

The victim was driven and beaten at multiple locations before he managed to escape at Royal Avenue in Calcot.

The kidnapped teen sustained bruising to his face, neck, arms and wrists, but did not require further treatment at hospital.

As well as being beaten, the victim had his gold coloured iPhone stolen during the attack.

Officers from Thames Valley Police are now on the hunt for an Asian man in his early 20s in conncection with the offences.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Marius York of Force CID based at Reading police station, said: “This is an extremely worrying incident and we need the public’s help to find the offenders and bring them to justice.

"I believe this may have been a targeted attack, or a case of mistaken identity, therefore I don’t perceive there is a risk to the wider public.

“The victim was kidnapped on Valentia Road which is west of the town centre and about three miles from Royal Avenue, Calcot, where the victim managed to get away from the offenders.

"If you saw or heard anything unusual in the vicinity of these locations please come forward. Perhaps you saw a dark coloured vehicle or old red Nissan Micra being driven erratically in the town, if you did please contact police.

“The victim sustained bruising to his face, neck, arm and wrists during the incident, but thankfully he did not require hospital treatment.

"He is being supported by Thames Valley Police at this time.

“The offences being investigated are kidnap, assault and theft because the victim’s gold coloured Apple iPhone 6S was stolen during the incident.

“As part of a thorough investigation, extensive house to house enquiries are being carried out, witness statements are being taken and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.

“One of the offenders is described as an Asian man, bald and in his early twenties. Another offender was also an Asian man, while two other offenders were white men of slim build.”

If you have any information about the incident, call 101 quoting reference number 43170260513.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.