A schoolboy has been attacked and had his bicycle stolen in the shadow of Deepdale football stadium.
A 15-year-old boy was attacked around 11pm on Friday 1 May when walking through the alleyway between the Alan Kelly Stand at Deepdale towards Sir Tom Finney Way with a friend.
He and his friend were approached from behind by two males believed to be in their teens.
One of the attackers dragged the boy off his bike by the throat and kicked him several times to the back of the head before pinning him to the floor by placing his foot on the victim’s neck.
The second teen made off on the boy’s bike in the direction of Lowthorpe Road. The boy’s attacker ran off in the direction of Sir Tom Finney Way before turning left towards St Thomas’ Road.
The boy’s attacker is described as an Asian male, around 17, 5’10”, slim build with thick black eyebrows. His face was covered only revealing his eyes. He was wearing a black, shiny jacket with his hood up, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.
The second teen who rode off on the bike is described as an Asian male, around 16 years old, 5ft 8ins, slim build but with a round face and slight stubble above his top lip. He had dark, thick eyebrows and was wearing a black hooded jumper, black joggers and black trainers.
DS 1521 Jerry Sturgess from Preston CID said: “This was a callous attack on a boy who has been left extremely shaken by this ordeal.
“It is fortunate that the victim has not suffered serious injuries given the nature of the assault he sustained.
“We are keen to trace anyone who may have been in the area at the time or may have seen the stolen bike.”
The stolen bicycle is a grey Carrerra Vengeance with 26 inch wheels, white text and a small red and white stripe on the frame.
Anyone with any information can contact DC 2453 Steve Gilmore or DC 3943 Anna Forsyth on 01772 209796 quoting log number LC-20150504-0510. Alternatively they can call Lancashire Police on 101.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.