A twelve-year-old boy was significantly burnt when thugs set his t-shirt on fire with a cigarette lighter. The young boy was with a friend in George Bancroft Park, off Seasiders Way in Blackpool, when two older males approached and asked if he wanted to see a magic trick.
They then used a cigarette lighter to set his t-shirt alight.
The first suspect is described as tall, wearing a black hoody with the hood pulled up, a black mask, black trousers with pockets on the legs and black leather gloves. The second offender is described as smaller, also wearing a black hoody with the hood up, black joggers, fingerless gloves. He covered his face with his hand.
The incident happened between 8 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Tuesday night (1st November) and Lancashire Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward. To reassure residents they have also said patrols have been increased in the area in response to the incident.
Detective Inspector Kirsty Wyatt, of Blackpool CID, said: ‘This was a horrific assault on a young boy and he has suffered some really significant burn injuries which will need on-going hospital treatment. I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at around the time of the attack to come forward and speak to us. We will have extra patrols in the area over the coming days and I would urge anyone with information or concerns to speak to an officer.’
Anyone with information can also call 101 quoting log 1344 of November 1st. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.