A manhunt is underway after a 14-year-old boy was attacked as he walked in the street.
The schoolboy was assaulted as he made his way along Commerce Street in Arbroath with his brother and friend at about 4pm.
The boys were approached by four males, one of whom spoke to the boy and then attacked him.
Despite his ordeal, the youngster did not require hospital treatment.
Officers are now looking to track down those responsible.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “One of the men is described as being around 18 years of age, of thin build, curly red hair wearing a blue hooded top with a white circle on the front with a number inside and jeans.
“Another male is described as 18 years of age, of thin build, short brown hair and wearing a grey jumper.
“Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”