Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on a bus in Reading.
The incident happened at around 2.20am on Saturday (14/4) on a number 17 bus that was travelling from the town centre along Oxford Road towards Tilehurst.
The Reading victim, a 21-year-old man, was sat upstairs on the bus with his girlfriend when a group of about six or seven teenage boys started to make inappropriate comments about her.
He asked them to move on and words were exchanged before he was attacked by the group. They dragged him to the back of the bus and punched him numerous times in the head and face. He managed to get to his feet and got off the bus with his girlfriend close to Brock Barracks. The offenders stayed on the bus.
PC Lucy Green, who is investigating the incident, said: “The victim went to the Royal Berkshire Hospital to get chucked over but luckily suffered only swelling and bruising to his face and head. He was discharged the same morning.
“He cannot give detailed descriptions of the offenders but there may have been other people on the bus who could help us identify them.”
All of the Reading offenders are white, apart from one black man, and they are all in their late teens. One had brown or blond hair swept across his face and the other had spiky hair.
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact PC Green via the Force enquiry centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
Thames Valley Police ~ Reading