A MAN attacked and robbed a 12-year-old boy in Thatcham yesterday afternoon (Friday, December 16).
The youngster was elbowed to the ground before having his phone taken from his pocket.
The offender then kicked the boy in the ribs before cycling away.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident at around 4pm yesterday.
The victim and a friend were scooting along a walkway near to the Co-op when he saw a man cycle towards him.
The man elbowed the victim, causing him to fall into the bushes.
The male then took a phone out of the victim's pocket, kicked the victim in the ribs and got back on his bike and cycled away.
The phone was recovered in Horne Road, Thatcham.
The offender is white, 5ft 8ins, in his twenties or early thirties, muscular and well built. He had a bandana covering just his nose area, the bandana was black with a pattern similar to red stars on it. Pale skinned with stubble on his chin. Short, curly light brown hair with big bushy eyebrows. The male had two dark circles under each eye.
His sleeves were rolled up and was wearing a rubber bracelet/band on his wrist which was purple and bright green in color. He was wearing a black hooded top with Adidas across the chest and the hood was down. He was also wearing dark jogging bottoms. The bottoms had white stripes down either side ofthe leg and both legs were ripped at the knee. He wore black Nike trainers with a blue sole.
Det Con Claire Midwinter of Newbury CID investigating said: "This was a busy time of the day and we understand that there were a number of people walking past this location at the time of the incident. This may have appeared to be youngsters messing around, we urge anyone to call us if they have any information which would help us identify a suspect for this nasty unprovoked attack. A 12-year-old boy has been left scared and worried to leave his home due to this incident."
Anyone with information or if you think you recognise the offender from the description contact Det Con Midwinter via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 . No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.