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 Officers appeal for information after vulnerable teen attacked


“This incident has had a huge impact on the victim, who is autistic - so much so he will no longer leave the house alone.”

Detectives are appealing for information after a vulnerable teenager became the victim of an unprovoked attack.

The incident occurred on Carville High Street shortly before 6pm on Sunday, December 29.

It is believed the victim was walking to his parent’s house along the high street when two teenage boys approached him. They started shouting at him before chasing him along the road.

When the suspects caught up with the victim near to the Battered and Fried takeaway, they pushed him to the floor and punched him several times.

The victim was left with a bloodied nose, graze to the hip and broken glasses.

Police are now looking to trace the two teenagers who were believed to be in company with two girls.

The first suspect is described as being white, around 5ft 8in, of average build and was wearing a black jacket with a white hood, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

The second suspect is described as also being white, around 5ft 11in, of slim build with curly hair.

PC Emma Watson, from Durham City response, said: “We have carried out extensive enquiries to trace the suspects, which has included reviewing hours of CCTV footage.

“Unfortunately we have not been able to identify the suspects, therefore we would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or with dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.”

Please call PC Watson on 101 quoting incident number 338 of December 29 with information.