A TEENAGE boy was assaulted and threatened with a knife by two men in an unprovoked attack, say police.

The attack on the 17-years-old only stopped after two men who were passing intervened and attackers fled on foot.

The assault happened on Monday, February 17 and police have just released details as they appeal for witnesses, especially for the men who rescued the boy from the attack.

Police say they were called around 6pm to a walkway which connects Fairfield Road and Brookland Avenue, adjacent to St James’ Primary School

The offenders are described as black men, aged between 18 to 20 years old and both wearing a black hooded bubble jacket. Both are described as having a skinny build; one of them is around 5ft 10ins tall and the other around 5ft 6-7ins tall.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Detectives are keen to speak to the two men who intervened as part of their investigation, or anyone else who may have been around the area at the time of the incident.

Detective Constable Chris Hickey, of GMP’s Bolton division, said: “This was an unprovoked attack which fortunately did not result in any injuries for the victim but he was left understandably shaken.

“This is largely due to the awareness and bravery of the two men who intervened and made the offenders run from the scene; I would like to speak to those two men as I believe they could significantly aid this investigation.

“I also would like to hear from anyone else who was around that area of Farnworth at that time – did you see two men of the aforementioned description acting suspiciously around the area of that night? If so get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5300 quoting incident number 3128 of 17/02/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.