A TEENAGER was repeatedly hit with a hammer during a robbery in Widnes.

The 18-year-old man was walking along Lugsdale Road, near to Lacey Court, shortly before 6pm on Tuesday, December 29, when he was attacked by three men.

He was hit numerous times with the weapon after being grabbed by the trio, who stole his watch and jewellery before fleeing in the direction of the Tesco supermarket.

Cheshire Police say the man armed with the hammer was in his 30s and was wearing a blue and grey mountain bubble coat.

Meanwhile, the other men were wearing black with black balaclavas covering their faces.

The victim suffered facial and head injuries during the assault and received treatment in hospital.

And police believe another similar attack occurred in the town less than an hour before the ‘unprovoked and terrifying’ incident.

Detective constable Kayleigh Brown said: “This was an unprovoked and terrifying attack which left the young man with injuries to his head and face.

“We have been following a number of enquiries since it took place and believe a similar incident occurred the same day at around 5.10pm on Foxley Heath and Scott Avenue.

“It involved three men assaulting a man with a hammer and stealing his bike.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the assault take place, or have information of the men described, to come forward.

“I would also ask the public to check their CCTV or dash cam footage to see if it may assist with the investigation.

“Please get in touch by calling Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML884379, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”