Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two gang attacks in Somers Town which police believe to be linked.
Four men were set upon by a group of 20 youngsters hanging around outside the Somerstown Central hub in Portsmouth between 2am and 2.30am on Saturday, while on their way home from Guildhall Walk.
It’s believed the youths ranged in age from 12 to 18.
Three of the men were caught and attacked but managed to get away.
The fourth man was caught on his own and the group demanded some of his belongings.
They managed to steal his passport, but he snatched it back and ran off.
In a separate incident, four students were approached by six youths aged around 18 on the corner of Montgomerie Road and Somers Road.
They demanded hugs from the two women but when asked to leave them alone, chased the students before assaulting one of them by punching and hitting him with a belt.
The four men in the first incident were left with bruising and swelling but did not need hospital treatment.
The student in the second incident was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment to bruising and swelling to his face.
He has since been released from hospital.
Detective Constable Chris Hudson, who is investigating the crimes, said: ‘The victims were returning home having enjoyed a night out and have then been set upon by a large group of youths who have acted with a pack mentality and assaulted them.
‘Some of these youths were as young as 12.
‘It’s likely some of them live in the local area and I would appeal to anyone who knows who they might be to make contact with me.’
DC Hudson can be contact at the at the Eastern Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101 or alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.