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A 16-year-old boy is in Dunedin Hospital with serious injuries after what police have described as a "cowardly unprovoked group attack''.
The assault happened on Malvern St on the street outside a house party between 10.30pm and midnight last night.
The boy was approached by four or five males believed to be between 16 and 18.
"The group attacked the victim in an unprovoked sustained assault.
"This included kicking the victim in the head and body area after he had fallen to the ground.''The victim had a fractured jaw, suspected fractured ribs, and bruises and grazes.
The boy had surgery and his injuries were not life threatening but were serious."This was a cowardly unprovoked group attack on this young man and he has received serious injuries as a result.
"It is believed that there was a party taking place nearby and there were a large amount of people in the vicinity of where the attack took place.
"At this stage the identities of the people involved in the assault have yet to be confirmed, however Police are following a positive line of enquiry.
"We are interested in hearing from those who attended this party and also who witnessed this assault,'' Detective Sergeant Rob Hanna said.
Anyone who has any information in relation to this assault is asked to contact the Dunedin police on 03 4714800 or call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.