A gang of youths threatened to stab a teenager before beating him up in a Saturday night attack, it has been claimed.

The 16-year-old boy was walking up South Street, Bridport, on his way back from a firework display at West Bay when he was approached.

The mother of the victim told the Bridport News her son was targeted by a group of boys and beaten up.

“My son doesn’t do conflict,” she said.

“He minds his own business, he is a high achiever in school, a straight-A student and very mature for his years.

“He went to West Bay to watch the fireworks and then walked back up into town.

“About six or seven kids came up to him, asked him questions and became abusive to him.

“Two of the boys started punching my son in his forehead, the front of his head and his stomach.

“One of the boys told him ‘if you move you are going to get shanked’.

“There were people in the West Dorset Club who saw everything and phoned the police.

“I arrived and suggested taking him to hospital but he refused to go.

“He has lumps on his forehead because one of the boys punching him had rings on, but he is bruised on his head and on his stomach.

“He was very distressed by it.”

The boy was injured but didn’t want to go to hospital for treatment.

Dorset Police says officers are investigating the alleged assault wbhich took place in Bucky Doo Square.

The force says enquiries are ongoing into the incident, which took place at around 10.50pm, and no arrests have been made.

The victim is still waiting to give a statement to police.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police confirmed: “Dorset Police received a report on November 11, of an assault in South Street in Bridport.

“The male victim did not sustain any serious injuries.

“Enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

“No arrests have been made.”