Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident of grievous bodily harm incident in Reading.

At around 5.15pm on Thursday May 16, the victim, a boy in his late teens, was assaulted by another person with a weapon in Honiton Road and chased into Northumberland Avenue.

The victim sustained a fractured vertebrae and has since been discharged from hospital.

The weapon used in the attack is unknown but has been described as either a baseball bat or an axe.

A 17-year-old boy from Reading was arrested on suspicion of section 18 – grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He has been released on bail.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Alexander Willis, based at Reading police station, said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to please come forward.

“You can make a report by calling 101 or via the Thames Valley Police website.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its website.”