Police are appealing for information after reports of two men assaulting and robbing boys playing badminton at the Warren Recreation Ground in Epsom last month.

Surrey Police said the incident happened on May 27, around 8-8.15pm in the area.

As they appealed for witnesses, a spokesperson for the county police force described how the two suspects started hurling verbal abuse at the teenage boys, both aged 14, who were playing badminton at the time.

"The suspects began verbally abusing the boys before punching one of the victims in the head and running off with his headphones," the police appeal read.

Fortunately, a member of the public later intervened and managed to return the stolen headphones to their owner, but the suspects ran off.

Police are now searching for the culprits, who they said are believed to be white males in their "late teens or early 20s" in a statement:

"The suspects are described as two white men in their late teens or early 20s:

"One suspect was wearing a baseball cap, black shorts with a red stripe down the side, white trainers and had no top on at the time of the incident. He also had a tattoo on the inside of his lower right arm.

"The other suspect was wearing black baggy tracksuit bottoms which were spattered with paint, white trainers and also had no top on at the time of the incident.

"We believe the suspects were last seen in the vicinity of Epsom Downs at around 9.30pm and may have been accompanied by a woman," police said.

Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101, quoting reference number PR/45200054794, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.