DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a teenage boy was assaulted in Nelson.
Around 9-30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th, the 16-year-old was walking through Nelson town centre along Netherfield Road with his sister when three men shouted homophobic abuse at him.
An argument then broke out between the group before the men assaulted the teenager, punching and kicking him in the face.
The offenders were disturbed when a man who was passing intervened and they all left the scene.
The victim was left needing surgery for a broken jaw and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Julie Leigh said, “This was a vicious and nasty assault and I am very keen to trace the people responsible.
“In particular, I would like to speak to the man who intervened and was able to stop the assault and would urge him, if he sees or hears this appeal to contact us.
“I would also appeal to anyone else that may have been in the area at the time who may have witnessed anything or to anyone that recognises the descriptions of the offenders to contact us.”
The three men are described as being of Asian heritage, aged between 16 and 19. One of them in particular was described as being of medium build, around 5ft. 8in. and 5ft. 10in. tall and clean shaven with short, dark cropped, hair. He was wearing dark clothes.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police by calling 101 or alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.