A YOUNG man was punched in the face several times before being threatened at knife point by a duo of unsuccessful thieves.

The victim, an 18-year-old, was walking along Hambridge Road in Newbury, when he was approached from behind at around 8.30pm on Monday (December 4).

He was near the the Crucible Sports and Social Club when he was attacked and asked to hand over his valuables.

One of the offenders then punched the victim five times to his stomach then held a knife to him.

Nothing was stolen during the attack and the duo fled over the birdge into Newbury Racecourse.

The victim was not injured.

The first offender is described as black, aged in his mid 20s, 6ft 4ins, has large arms and legs. He was wearing a tight fitting grey tracksuit and Adidas trainers.

The second offender is white, aged in his mid 20s, 6ft 1in, of large build with a rounded stomach, and had facial hair. He was wearing a black hooded top, jeans with red trainers and red laces.

Investigating officer detective constable Andrew Philpott, of the Investigation Hub based at Newbury police station, said: "I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the description of the offenders in the area between approximately 7.40pm and 9pm.

"If anyone has any dashcam footage I would be interested in viewing this as this could assist the investigation."

If you have any information relating to this case, call 101 quoting reference '43170360995', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.