Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was punched in the face in Exmouth when he told a gang of teenagers riding bikes in the road to move.
Youths turned on the man after he spotted their anti-social behaviour, stopping cars from driving, and stepped in to help.
Officers say they received reports a man had been attacked on Wednesday night, February 12, after he spoke to a group of up to 20 youths riding mopeds and bicycles in the middle of Hulham Road.
The man was sworn at, threatened, and punched in the face, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police received reports that the man had been attacked after approaching a group of up to twenty teenagers who were riding bikes and mopeds in the middle of Hulham Road.
“The man was verbally abused by members of the group after telling them to move out of the road and was subsequently followed and threatened before being punched in the face.”
East Devon News understands the incident started in Withycombe Road with two youths on foot and one on a bicycle, who were seen being abusive.
It was reported they were joined by a gang of up to 12 youths, some on mopeds, who began riding in the middle of the road in an attempt to stop cars.
When the youths were confronted about their behaviour, a man was punched in the face, prompting the police to be called.
It was reported the victim had to ‘seek refuge’ in a friend’s house when the angry gang of youths followed him down Hulham Road.
If you have information to help police, call 101 and quote log number 73713/02/20.