Police are on the hunt for three teenagers after a man was dragged to the ground in a violent assault near Coffs Harbour.

It’s understood the man was walking through a car park at a Toormina Gardens shopping centre at around 10 o’clock on Friday night, when he was approached by three young men.

The victim was then dragged to the ground and assaulted, before his iPhone was stolen.

The trio are described as being Aboriginal in appearance and aged between 17 to 19-years of age, while at the time they were wearing dark clothing.

They were last seen running south along Minorie Drive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.