Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Reading.
At around 1.35pm on Saturday 2 February, two victims, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were approached by four men in Subway in Duke Street.
The four men asked for some tobacco which the two victims supplied.
Together, they all left Subway and walked along the River Kennet canal path near Duke Street.
One of the offenders then demanded the victim’s bag and when he refused, this offender and two other offenders grabbed on to his bag. When he refused to let go, the forth offender took a baton out of his jacket and hit the victim on his shoulder.
Following this, the offenders managed to get the victims bag and then they left the scene along the canal path towards the direction of Reading College.
The offenders are described as an Asian man and three black men, one is described as being around 6ft 4ins tall and this offender assaulted the victim.
They were all wearing gloves and had their hoods up.
The victim suffered bruising across his back but did not require hospital treatment.
The bag, which contained a quantity of cash, was stolen.
Investigating officer PC Colin Boyes based at Reading Police Station, said: “This was a distressing incident for these two victims, one of which suffered injuries as a result of this robbery.
“We believe that a number of people could have seen these offenders, before, during or after this incident and we would like to speak to anyone who has information that could help this investigation.
“If you recognise the description of these offenders or you witnessed this incident, please get in touch.”
Anyone with any details which could assist the investigation should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 43190034928, or you can make a report online.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.