A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was assaulted in the street by masked attackers.
The boy was assaulted near to Manor College of Technology in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, at around 3.40pm on Tuesday.
Police say the boy was pushed to the ground by two males and kicked several times.
He suffered a cut lip and a swollen left eye.
Investigators sat one of the suspects is described as wearing grey jogging bottoms and both suspects had their faces covered.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, is asked to contact Pc Anthony Wallace on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.