A GANG of yobs subjected a mum and her teenage son to a sickening attack before threatening them with a knife and screwdriver.
Police have just released details of an unprovoked assault which happened not long after the chimes sounded for New Year.
The sick thugs even kicked the pair’s small terrier dog during the incident, which happened as the victims, aged 35 and 16, were walking along the back of Malvern Close, near Pennine Drive in Peterlee.
Police say a group of around five teenagers, thought to have been two males and three females, approached the pair and carried out the attack.
Officers said the two males then repeatedly punched the son before pushing his mother over and punching her and kicking the dog.
Neither of the victims or the dog suffered any lasting injuries.
The first male is described as being white, aged 15 to 19 years old, 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with dark hair and was wearing a navy blue and white top zipped up at the front with the hood up, dark tracksuit bottoms and dark wellies.
The other male is described as white, around 14 years old, of slim build, around 5ft tall and was wearing a black jacket with a Barbour emblem on the front left side with black leggings.
Anyone with information about the incident, which took place around 12.25am on New Year’s Day, should call PC Anna Mitchell of Peterlee Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.