A furious Southampton driver broke a teenger’s jaw after accusing him of throwing a snowball at his car.
The 16-year-old is expected to have to undergo an operation to fit a metal plate in his jaw after he was assaulted by man while he was taking part in a snowball fight with friends.
He was in woods known as Bunny Hill close to Willow Tree Walk and South East Road when the group of five were approached by two men from the road.
They accused them of throwing a snowball at their car smashing a window.
The group fled but as the victim went past the men one of the men grabbed his coat.
He was then punched in the face and kicked once in the same place after he fell to the ground leaving him with a broken jaw and losing a tooth.
The men then got distracted and the victim ran from the pair who assaulted him at 6.35pm on January 21.
One of the men is black, five foot eight inches tall, stocky build, with short shaved with The other is white, six foot and of skinny build with short fair hair and wearing a blue jacket.
Officers appealed for witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Esra Phillipson-Masters at Bitterne CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.