Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was knocked unconscious and left with injuries to his face following a racially motivated attack.
The assault took place at around 7.55pm on Sunday May 26 as the 16-year-old boy was cycling along Foster Hill Road.
The teenager - who is a black male - stopped near to the Premier Store to change the music on his MP3 player when the offender referred to him with a racial slur.
The victim challenged the offender who then used the term twice more before punching the teenager to the floor and then kicking him until he was unconscious.
Officers quickly arrived at the scene along with paramedics and the victim was taken to Bedford South Wing Hospital for treatment.
One man was arrested at the scene and released on police bail pending further inquiries.
PC Jonathan Gordon, who is investigating the attack, is keen to hear from anyone who was in the Foster Hill Road area at the time of the incident and may have seen the offence taking place.
PC Gordon said: “This was a horrendous and vicious assault which has left a young man with some very nasty injuries.
“It is clear that this was a racially motivated assault and it is important that witnesses come forward to assist us with our inquiries.
“I’d like to appeal to anyone who was in Foster Hill Road on the day of the attack and may have seen the altercation taking place to get in touch. Even the smallest pieces of information could help.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact PC Gordon, in confidence, on the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org