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Youth left with fractured skull after attack in Portsmouth

A 17-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by two men as he cycled along Laburnam Grove in Copnor, Portsmouth.

He was with an adult friend at about 10.20pm on Thursday, April 18 when two men approached them from beside a silver van. His friend was hit by what is described as a long object but managed to cycle on and raise help nearby. The 17-year-old was pulled off his bike and attacked. It's believed he was stamped on the head during the assault. The men ran off after they were shouted at as people came to help the victim.

He was taken to hospital where tests have shown he has three fractures to his skull, a broken nose and a possible broken jaw.

The man, who stamped on the victim's head, is described as about 5ft 8 inches tall, slim build, white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s with Short brown spiked hair.

The other man is about 6ft 1 inches tall, stocky build and white.  

Our officers are in the area investigating the incident and we are appealing for any witnesses to contact us or anyone who knows anything about the incident or thinks they saw the men involved.

We would also like to hear from anyone who travelled past the incident in their vehicle who may have dashcam footage.

They are asked to call the Eastern Investigation Team on 101 or they can phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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