THREE boys were assaulted in two separate attacks in Huntingdon and Godmanchester last week.

Cambridgeshire police said the first happened in Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, at about 4pm on Tuesday, May 8. Two boys were wheeling their bikes near the junction with Mayfield Road when they heard shouting and saw six men/youths running towards them from American Lane.

The group asked what the time was on their mobile phones. When the boys said they did not have phones, but gang attacked them, punching and pushing them to the floor.

One of the boys, who is 15, suffered a serious injury to his face and was treated in hospital. The other boy suffered minor injuries.

The attackers made off empty handed. They were described as having Irish accents and wearing smart suits, although one was also wearing a hooded top.

The main offender was described as 13 to 17 years old, 5ft 6in tall, with an Irish accent and wearing a white shirt and dark trousers.

The second incident happened between 6.15pm and 6.50pm on the same day outside Costcutters, in Godmanchester.

A 12-year-old boy was waiting to be collected by his mother when he was approached by three youths, one of whom asked to see his mobile phone.

The victim was concerned and refused but was punched to the head. The youths, who were again described as having Irish accents and being smartly dressed, made off empty handed

The boy was not seriously hurt.

DC Hollie Daines, who is investigating the assaults, said: "These were cowardly and unprovoked assaults on young boys and I am keen to find those responsible.

"We also believe they are linked because the suspects are all described as having Irish accents and were wearing, smart wedding-type attire.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or has any idea who carried out these assaults."

INFORMATION: Call DC Daines on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.