A GROUP of ten cyclists have been robbed and assaulted by a group of boys in Reading and police are appealing for witnesses.

The victims, a group of ten men, were cycling towards town when they were confronted by a group of boys opposite Evans Cycle at the junction of Mill Lane and the Inner Distribution Road at about 6pm yesterday (February 23).

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The boys grabbed the victims’ bikes, kicked at the tyres, and then punched and kicked two of the cyclists.

One of the victims sustained concussion, while the other sustained minor injuries.

They were treated at hospital and have since been discharged.

Two of the bikes were stolen during the incident.

One of the bikes has since been recovered, but a grey Yeti trail mountain bike with a lime green saddle and pedals is still missing.

Thames Valley Police has arrested six boys and one man in connection with the investigation.

They are currently in police custody.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Millie Tanner, of local CID based at Reading police station, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a group of friends who had been enjoying a cycle on a Sunday evening.

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“These type of offences will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police and a thorough investigation has commenced.

"We have made seven arrests in connection with the investigation and these individuals remain in police custody at this time.

“I would urge anyone with any information about the offences to contact police as soon as possible.

“If you have heard rumours about the incident, have seen or been offered to buy a grey Yeti trail mountain bike with a lime green saddle and pedals, or have any footage from the area yesterday evening then we want to hear from you.

“You can contact the police online, by calling 101 or visiting a police station, quoting the investigation reference number 43200062536.”