Urgent hunt for gang of teens who beat jogger with walking stick & hurled racial abuse at him

COPS are hunting for a gang of teens who used a walking stick to beat up a jogger and hurled racial abuse at him.

A man was slapped in the face by a member of the gang as they rode by on e-scooters and they then attacked him when he caught up with them, police revealed today.

The victim, a 33-year-old man, was going for a run on Friday evening when he was approached by a teenage boy, thought to be aged 16 to 17, on an e-scooter.

As he rode past, he slapped the man round the face.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police described what happened next, saying: "The victim chased after the offender, who with two others who were also on e-scooters.

"Once he had caught up with them, all three attacked the victim, punching him repeatedly and hitting him with what has been described as a walking stick or similar.

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"During the assault, one of the teenagers shouted racially motivated abuse at the victim."

The victim suffered bruising to his head, legs, arms, and shoulders following the attack.

All three offenders then ran from the scene in Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, Hants., in the direction of the local Asda supermarket.

All three offenders are described as being white, aged 16 to 17 years, and of medium build.

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Two are described as being 5ft 8ins and one slightly taller at 5ft 9ins.

One was wearing a grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and black trainers.

Another was wearing a black hooded top, black jogging bottoms and red trainers. The third was wearing a black hooded top with stripes on the side, black jogging bottoms and blue/white trainers.

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PC Andrew White said: “This was a despicable attack on a man who was going about his day and was cruelly set upon by this group.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or anyone who thinks they know who these boys might be, to call us as soon as possible. If you have any information you can call 101 or alternatively go online."

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