A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed multiple in a 'violent attack' in Banbury.

The boy was approached by a man in an alley leading from Delapre Drive to the Co-op in Grimsbury and was stabbed a number of times on Wednesday.

He also had his mobile phone stolen but was able to leave the alleyway and asked a member of the public for help.

He had injuries to his leg and torso but has since been discharged from hospital.

Police described the offender as a mixed race man aged about 30, six foot tall with a slim build.

They said it was an isolated incident.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Chris Whitwell, of Banbury Force CID, said: “This was a violent attack which left a 16-year-old boy with injuries which required hospital treatment.

“He has since been discharged from hospital but the outcome could have been much more serious.

“An investigation into this incident is being carried out, and members of the public may see an increased police presence in the area.

“We believe that this was an isolated incident, and are appealing for anyone with any information relating to it to get in touch."