A teenager has been attacked in an alleged racially-aggravated assault in Stevenage.

The incident happened at around 12.30pm on Tuesday, November 7, in the underpass that runs beneath Six Hills Way between Asda and the town centre.

A 16-year-old boy was walking towards the town centre when he was approached by a large group of males.

He was then punched in the head by one of the men, before being kicked on the floor by several others.

Remarks were made towards the victim during the incident, leading him to believe he was attacked because of his race.

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You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

"Our enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of this incident, which I understand will be distressing to the local community," said PC Oliver McWilliam, investigating.

"We are appealing for anyone with information to please get in touch with police if they haven’t already.

"I am particularly keen to speak to a female who may have witnessed the incident and intervened by shouting at the suspects, causing them to run away. If this is you, please email me directly at oliver.mcwilliam@herts.police.uk.

"Our Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have also increased patrols in the area as a result, and if you have any concerns please do approach and speak to us."