A TEENAGER was assaulted by a gang of thugs while he was playing football in the park.

Detectives are appealing for information after the 15-year-old was beaten by the group.

A nurse, who was passing when she witnessed the end of the incident, saw the innocent victim punched and kicked to the ground by a gang of six older boys.

The attack took place in Gunners Park, Shoebury, on Sunday afternoon.

The young boy was helped by the nurse who provided treatment at the scene before he was taken to hospital with several injuries.

His mother, who lives on the garrison, said: “He is doing ok now but has been left with bumps and bruises.

“I would say thankfully he got off lightly, I think.

“It could have been much worse.

“He was just at the park playing football.

“You would think he would’ve been safe so it’s really disappointing that this happened to him.

“Thankfully the police seem to be taking it really seriously so the people responsible should be found and brought to justice soon.”

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the boy was left with injuries including a swollen jaw and eye-socket, as well as cuts and bruises.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers were contacted shortly before 4.30pm on Sunday, May 13 with reports a 15-year-old boy had been injured during an assault by six teenagers in Gunners Park, Shoebury.

“Enquiries are ongoing and witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Southend local policing team on 101 quoting reference 42/66552/18.”

Alternatively, you can contact independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Any witnesses who want to remain anonymous can also share information with Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.