Teens arrested on suspicion of unprovoked assault

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Police have arrested two St Helens teenagers in connection with an assault in which a man was struck on the back of the head as he walked home - breaking his arm as he fell.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested this morning (Wednesday, June 18) on suspicion assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

They are currently being questioned by detectives at police stations on Merseyside.

Police had earlier appealed for witnesses to come forward after a 58-year-old man was assaulted in St Helens town centre shortly after 8pm on April 19.

A member of the public dialled 999 after seeing two youths cycle up behind the victim on Bridge Street - near the Post Office -and hit him on the back of the head, causing him to fall over.

As he fell, the victim’s arm became trapped in a set of railings. He man was taken to hospital for treatment and found to have suffered a broken arm.

DC Chris Loughead, of St Helens CID, said: “This was a cruel and spiteful assault on a man who was walking home from town minding his own business.

“The victim’s arm was broken as a result of the incident, leaving him needing an operation to fit a metal plate and screws. He spent five days in hospital and, nearly two months on, he still hasn’t made a full recovery from what happened.”

Anyone with information can contact detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6061, or via the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.