AN 18-year-old was left with injuries to his face after a group of youths assaulted him and stole his bank card.

At around 7.40pm yesterday (Saturday, February 22), the victims - two 18-year-olds - were walking along London Road towards Turks pub.

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They walked past a group of youths who started to engage with them verbally before following them up the road.

At the corner of Kendrick Road, one or two of the group grabbed a Tesco bag from the 18-year-old and punched him in the head.

The victim then ran into traffic on London Road and into Crown Place before the offenders followed him and cornered him.

They then pushed him to the floor and assaulted him, before running off with his bank card.

The victim suffered a bloodied nose and cuts and abrasions to his face but did not attend hospital.

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident.

The other 18-year-old man was not assaulted.

The offenders are described as approximately eight male youths, all wearing padded coats and hooded tops.

Investigating officer detective sergeant Millie Tanner, of Area CID based at Reading, said: “We are investigating this robbery and have made three arrests in connection with this incident.

“We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to please come forward.

"The victim in this case crossed London Road in traffic and will have been pursued by the offenders. We are asking anyone who saw this to please come forward.

"Additionally if you were driving along London Road at around 7.40pm last night and have a dash-cam we would ask you to review your footage and please get in touch if you believe it may have information that can assist our investigation.”

Two 15-year-olds and an 18-year-old, all from Reading, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. They remain in custody at this time.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 43200061745 or they can go online.

Anyone who wishes to report anonymously can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.