POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was assaulted at a fireworks display.

Officers say the incident took place at the Meadowside Recreation Field in Whiteley on Sunday at 8.20pm.

The victim was with two friends when he was approached by a group of around 15 boys he did not know.

A police spokesman said: "Two of the group held on to the victim while another punched him in the face.

"The victim sustained a minor facial injury which did not require medical treatment.

"One of the group was described as being white, aged 16 or 17, large build with dark brown curly hair. He was wearing a dark blue Puffa-style jacket and was carrying fireworks.

"A lot of people attended this event and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened."

Anyone with information can call Hampshire police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44190385651.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11, where information can be left anonymously.