Four masked men attacked a teenage boy with a hammer in West Molesey recently, causing serious injuries, before fleeing the scene in a car.

Surrey Police launched a witness appeal on Tuesday (July 14) in response to the attack, which took place at the Grovelands Recreation Ground car park near Walton Road in West Molesey on July 1.

The attackers left the boy with serious injuries, police said, and he was hospitalised as a result.

Describing the attack in further detail, a police spokesperson said:

"The victim was in the Grovelands Recreation Ground car park off Walton Road with two friends at around 9pm when a black saloon car pulled up next to them.

"Four masked men got out of the car and approached the boys and began asking them questions.

"Shortly after, they attacked the victim, punching and kicking him as well as hitting him in the head with a hammer, before driving off."

Detective Constable Sarah Shaw, investigating, meanwhile described the attack as "senseless".

"This was a senseless, violent and sustained attack on a teenage boy which has left him with serious injuries," she said.

"I urge anyone with information about who was involved in this attack to contact police today so we can identify those responsible."

Anyone who saw anything, including a black vehicle acting suspiciously in the area, or has any dashcam or CCTV footage of the area, is asked to call police on 101 straightaway and quote ref PR/45200069001.

Alternatively speak with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.