A GROUP of young boys pulled a knife on a 10-year-old when he refused to give them his phone in a park.

Police were called to the incident in Princess Diana Park in Banbury between 8.30pm and 9pm on Saturday. 

A group of four boys, aged between seven and 11, were approached by a group of three older boys, aged between 12 and 13.

One of the older boys asked the 10-year-old to hand over his phone but when he refused another of the older boys, who was on a bike, pulled out a knife.

The younger group of boys were able to run away uninjured.

Officers are searching for the three older boys, two of whom were black and one was white.

One was riding a black or blue mountain bike and the other had a scooter.

The white boy was wearing a white t-shirt and the other two boys were wearing dark blue or black clothing.

Detective Constable Natasha Long, from Abingdon CID, said: "We know that a lot of people had headed to the park on Saturday to enjoy the hot weather, so we are keen to speak to as many people as possible who may have seen something that could help our investigation.

"Did you see a group of three boys with a scooter and a black or blue mountain bike hanging around?

"Fortunately no attempt was made to use the knife and the young boys were able to get away uninjured, but this has understandably shaken them."

Anyone with information should 101 quoting reference '43180135928'.