Teenager left with broken jaw after being struck with bat in street attack

The incident happened at the junction of Park Road and York Road. Image copyright Google Maps.
The incident happened at the junction of Park Road and York Road. Image copyright Google Maps.

A 17-year-old boy was hit in the face with a bat after he was grabbed during an attack by two men.

Police are seeking witnesses to the assault in York Road, Hartlepool, as they piece together what happened and try to trace the pair.

The incident happened close to the junction with Park Road as the boy rode his bike along the street.

A man approached him and asked questions relating to his bike before grabbing the victim's clothing towards the neck area.

Officers say a second man then came over to the victim, armed with a small wooden bat, similar to a rounder’s bat.

The victim was then struck to the fact, leaving him with a broken jaw.

Both men ran off towards Dalton Street.

The first suspect is described as a white male, aged in his late twenties, wearing dark clothing and a hooded jacket.

He was around 6ft tall, of medium build with a clear complexion and slight stubble.

The second suspect is described as a white male, aged in his late twenties, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothing.

The attack happened at around 3.45am on the Sunday of the last Bank Holiday, August 27.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Andrew Morland from Hartlepool Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, or

Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.