A MANHUNT has been launched for a thug who beat up a teenage schoolboy after a cookie was thrown at his car.
Detectives say the victim was walking along Burtonhead Road with three of his friends - towards The Shires estate - when the incident occurred.
One of the youngsters, who were all dressed in school uniform, threw a cookie into the road, which hit a car travelling in the opposite direction.
Two men then got out of the car and approached the boys before one of the men punched the 13-year-old victim, knocking him to the ground.
The thug then continued to hit the boy several times to the head with his palm.
The victim sustained a cut to the top of his head and bruising to his arms and wrists. He was taken to hospital for treatment and left “extremely shaken”.
The offender, who spoke with a St Helens accent, is described as white, aged between 40 and 50, about 6ft tall, of stocky build with a bald head.
The other man is described as white, aged between 20 and 30, 6ft tall and of skinny build.
DC Dave Bruce described the assault, which occurred at about 6.20pm on November 1, as “completely unacceptable”.
He said: “This was a frightening incident for the young boy who was clearly in his school uniform and was inexcusably attacked by an older man.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0151 777 6075, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.