A 16-year-old boy has been kicked in the head and robbed of his bicycle in a violent mugging.
Six robbers targeted the teenager in an alleyway linking Croft Road and the Parklands, in Newcastle.
The victim needed hospital treatment and has suspected fractured ribs.
Now Staffordshire Police have released descriptions of the attackers.
Officers were called to Hempstalls Lane at 1.45pm on Friday, February 19 following reports of the robbery. His mum has released images of her son’s injuries.
A police spokesman said: “A 16-year-old boy reported having his push bike stolen by a group of young men in the alleyway from Croft Road to the Parklands.
“A blue and black tube mountain bike was stolen in the incident in which the victim received kicks and punches to the head and stomach.
“He was taken to hospital by his family and has since been released home with suspected fractured ribs and bruising to his side.
“The group of males is described as white and in their late teens to early 20s. They were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and puffa jackets. One offender wore blue tracksuit bottoms and the offender who rode off on the bike was wearing a yellow jumper.
“The bike was later recovered following an anonymous tip-off that it was for sale at a local store. Once informed of the bike’s origins, the owner of the store reportedly returned the bike to the victim for free.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following the mugging. They should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 384 of February 19.