A pair of heavily tattooed men, described as “dirty and with mud on them” set upon a 14-year-old dogwalker, punching him in the stomach in a quiet Norfolk village.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault in School Road, Freethorpe, near Acle, on Tuesday, September 25, between 7.42am and 7.45am.

The victim, a teenage boy, was walking his two dogs and was on a hard standing area at the edge of a field when two men approached him. One was abusive before punching him in the stomach, winding him but causing no visible injuries.

The two men ran off in the direction of Reedham.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said the first man had a scar above his right eye and tattoos covering his body from the neck downwards, including arms and hands. He is described as white, in his mid 40s, about six foot one inch tall, of skinny build with short brown hair.

The second man had long grey messy hair with a beard, and tattoos from the neck down. He is described as having a large stomach, is white and about six foot tall.

Both males are described as being dirty with mud on them.

The police spokesman added: “This was an unprovoked assault and an isolated incident. Enquiries are on-going to locate the perpetrators but police do not believe them to be local to Freethorpe.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has knowledge of the crime should contact PC Martin Goulder at Sprowston police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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