A teenage girl out walking her dog has suffered serious cuts to her face after being set upon by a gang.
Rebecca Wills said she had her face cut 41 times by what she believes was a scalpel as she walked down a lane next to the George Pub in Plympton, Plymouth, Devon last Wednesday afternoon.
The 16-year-old said the gang of three - all wearing hooded tops - blocked her way and one of them grabbed her dog, pulled out a knife, and threatened: "If you scream I'll stab the dog."
Rebecca told The Herald newspaper: "I couldn't see their faces - only their eyes."
The teenager said that as one of the gang held her by the arm, another pulled out what she described as a scalpel. "They cut my chin first, slowly. That was the most painful," she told the newspaper. "After that I didn't feel so much pain."
The attack lasted for a minute before the gang released her. Rebecca turned and ran home where she called the police.
The teenager said the cuts were superficial and her doctor believed they would not leave any scars.
Her mother, Pauline, said her daughter was still in shock and described it as cold-blooded. "There was absolutely no motive," she told the newspaper.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said officers were investigating. "Police believe a weapon was used but it is not clear what. The girl returned home and police were called."
Police said one of the suspects was male and all wore grey hoodies. The first suspect, a man, had a grey hoodie with turquoise splodges and is approximately 5ft 8ins tall. The second person wore a grey hoodie with diagonal stripes and is approximately 5ft tall and of slim build. The third suspect wore a grey hoodie and tracksuit trousers and is around 5ft 5ins tall.