A 17-year-old boy was assaulted and robbed by a group of youths in a park on Halloween.

The incident happened at around 6pm last Thursday in Banbury in Princess Diana Park at the entrance near Edmunds Road.

A group of youths, both male and female aged between 10 and 14-years-old, approached and cornered the victim.

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One of the youths assaulted the victim before stealing his bag.

The victim managed to escape and although shaken, was unhurt.

His bag has since been located and recovered by police as evidence.

A 14-year-old boy from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

Investigating officer PC Lucy McDonagh, of Banbury CID, said: “The boy was surrounded by a number of youths, some of whom were on bicycles.

“I am keen to hear from anybody who was in the park at the time and witnessed this incident to make contact with police.

“Similarly, if you believe you are the parents of any of the youths who were present, please contact us.

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“You can call 101, quoting reference number 43190339723 or make a report online.

“Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This was a frightening ordeal for the victim, who thankfully was not hurt as a result.

“I believe a number of people will have seen what happened, and so I urge them again to please come forward.”