Two teenage boys have been sentenced after launching an "unprovoked attack" on a man in Amersham. 

Jordan Pearce, 18, of Underwood Road, High Wycombe, and a 17-year-old boy from Amersham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both pleaded guilty to one count each of assault with intent to commit robbery. 

The court heard how the pair were in Amersham town centre when they began to follow the victim, a 37-year-old man, as he was walking in Plantation Road, at around 9.50pm on August 8 last year. 

The teenagers then threatened and assaulted the victim before they were seen by a member of the public who called the police and they fled the scene. 

The victim suffered bruising as a result of the attack. 

Pearce was sentenced to a total of two and a half years’ detention in a youth offender institution.

The 17-year-old boy was sentenced to a total of one year and four months’ detention in a youth offender institution.

They were both charged on September 29 last year and convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court on March 21. 

Investigating officer PC Christopher Jamieson, of Taplow Local CID, said: “This was an unprovoked attack which caused distress to the victim, as well as physical injuries.

“This conviction shows that people can feel confident that Thames Valley Police will thoroughly investigate crimes of this nature, and will look to make arrests and to charge people responsible wherever possible.”