Police are seeking information after a woman in her early 20s was assaulted by two young men as she ran along a canal towpath near Stafford yesterday. The incident happened on the towpath near to Essex Bridge, Great Haywood, at 7pm.

She was jogging along the path from the direction of Little Haywood, when she was pushed hard from behind and fell, suffering cuts and bruises and swelling to her head. Her headphones were smashed and her clothing torn.

Following the assault she ran away and was helped by people on a nearby narrowboat.

The suspects are described as teenagers, of skinny build, with mousey-brown hair, both wearing dark clothing with hoods up. One of them, who had a spotty complexion, was riding a silver bike. The other was riding a black bike with silver suspension.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident 907 of 13 August or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.