Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery following an incident in Malvern on Monday 22 January.

A 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both from Malvern, were arrested on Tuesday 23 January by officers from Malvern’s Patrol and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Both were released on bail while enquiries continue following an incident on Barnards Green Road on Monday at about 4.50pm where an 11-year-old boy was approached by four youths – two boys and two girls.

Two boys allegedly attempted to take the victim’s coat by force before assaulting him.

The alleged attack was interrupted by a passer-by and two boys fled the scene without taking any of the victim’s belongings. A Good Samaritan helped the victim to get home safely where he is recovering well.

Inspector Dave Wise of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon Safer Neighbourhood Team said “This is a troubling incident involving young people as both the victims and suspects of serious offences.

“I’m extremely grateful to the individual who stepped in on Barnards Green Road to protect the young victim and who prevented the incident from becoming any worse.

“The local policing team responded promptly and positively, identifying suspects, and making early arrests.

“We’ll continue to work with our colleagues in British Transport Police to ensure our enquiries are thorough and anyone responsible is brought to justice.”

The same two boys were also arrested on suspicion of an offence of a second robbery on Monday 22 January where coats were allegedly stolen from a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy on a train travelling between Worcester Foregate Street and Malvern Link. This investigation is being managed by British Transport Police.