A TEENAGER was punched and kicked by a gang on a North Yorkshire footpath during a failed robbery.

The 16-year-old was walking over the railway bridge on the Stray Rein path in Harrogate, heading towards Tewit Well, at about 3.55pm on Monday when he was grabbed by three men, all in their late teens.

One of them threw the victim to the floor, where he was attacked, but the gang left empty-handed despite searching his pockets. At least two of the attackers are believed to have been riding bikes.

Anybody with information about the crime should phone Detective Constable Fiona Saunderson or Harrogate CID on 101, email Fiona.Saunderson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 5551111.