Appeal for witnesses following an assault in Widnes Date published: 1st February 2017 10.37am

Officers are urging witnesses to come forward after a boy was assaulted in Widnes.

At approximately 21:30 on Saturday 28 January the victim, aged 15-years-old, was riding his bike with a large group of friends on Dundalk Road.

All teenagers congregated on the path which runs underneath the bridge at the top of the road when an offender above the path picked up a wheelie bin and threw it over the side of the bridge onto the path below.

This resulted in the 15-year-old victim being hit by the bin. The boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The offender is described as being white, aged between 14-15-years-old, around 5ft 1 in height and of a stocky build. He has dark brown curly hair up to his ear and he was wearing a navy and white tracksuit top.

Constable Nicola Dolan, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: "The seriousness of this attack could have resulted in a tragic fatal incident and I want to directly appeal to anyone who has any information or may know who is responsible to contact us on 101 quoting incident 847 of 28 January."

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.