TWO teenage boys required hospital treatment after a group of up to 25 youths surrounded and attacked them last week.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident of robbery and assault which took place Sandford Park, Woodley at around 8.30pm on Tuesday, June 9.


The teenagers had been out with friends in the Woodley Airfield Youth and Community Centre area car park.

The group then surrounded the victims and then assaulted them by punching and using weapons against them.

The youths also asked the victims for their phones or any items they had on them - a phone was initially taken but subsequently given back to the victim.

The group had approached the victims over the grassed area of the open park field and they asked for the boys' belongings in the alleyway that connects to Sunderland Close.

The first victim, a 16-year-old, suffered a cut to his left eye that required hospital treatment and resulted in four stitches.

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The second victim suffered facial marks, a bruise to the lower back and leg injuries.

Both required hospital treatment and have since been discharged from the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The offenders are all male, aged between 16-20 years old, and of different ethnicities.

They were wearing dark clothing, similar to tracksuits, puffer style jackets, balaclavas and facial coverings at the time of the incident.

The group arrived on mopeds, pushbikes and possibly in a car.

Investigating officer, PC Naomi Padgett, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: “This was a horrendous experience for the victims and I am appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident to come forward.

“Please contact us by calling 101 or by using our online form quoting the reference 43200171993.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A 16-year-old boy from Woodley has been arrested and bailed in connection to this investigation.