A man was left with a head injury after being attacked by a group of youths wearing clown masks in Wirral .
Police were called to Beechwood Drive, on the Beechwood estate in Bidston to a report that the 37-year-old victim had been struck in the street following an altercation with up to ten males.
The attackers were wearing dark clothing, aged around 14-18 years, with hoods up and their faces covered.
Police said some were reported to be wearing clown masks during the attack at 7.50pm on Sunday.
Detective Inspector Paul Lamb, from Wirral CID, said: “This assault not only left the victim with a head injury but has left him extremely shaken.
“I’d appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or the events leading up to it, and afterwards, to get in touch with us. Any information could prove vital in our investigation.”
Detective Inspector Lamb repeated a warning issued by police last week that clown pranks would not be treated as a joke.
He said: “ Merseyside Police wants to make it perfectly clear that people engaging in intimidating or violent behaviour with their faces covered or wearing clown masks will not be treated as a joke or prank.
“We will not tolerate any kind of anti-social or violent behaviour directed at members of our communities.
“We would urge people to think very seriously about what impact this kind of behaviour might have as well as whether their behaviour could constitute a crime and could lead to their arrest and a potential criminal record.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2263 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111