Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy was attacked by a gang of teenagers in Mayfield.
The 15-year-old, from Mayfield, was surrounded by a group of five or six teenagers and then punched and kicked as well as being slashed with a knife in The Avenue at about 6.20pm on Friday (June 13).
He managed to scramble away from the gang and ran home.
PC Donna Lonsdale said: “Luckily the knife only cut the victim’s shirt rather than him but this could have been even more serious than it was.
“The victim has been left with bruises, cuts and sore ribs and is very shaken.
“I need to speak to anyone who was in Mayfield on Friday evening and saw the attack or a group of teenagers walking around the area.
“This was a motiveless attack and we need to track down those responsible as soon as we can.”
One of the teenagers is described as white, 16 or 17, athletic and 6ft or 6ft1. He had brown spiky hair and stubble. He was wearing a grey jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms.
Another of the teenagers was white, 5ft7 or 5ft8, about 15 and skinny. He had shaggy bleached blonde hair and was wearing a white or cream hooded top and tracksuit-style shorts that cuffed around the legs.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 388 of 14/6, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.