12-year-old boy’s t-shirt is set ON FIRE after being asked: ‘Do you want to see a magic trick?’

Horror in park as hoody-wearing men ask 12-year-old boy ‘Do you want to see a magic trick?’ – then set him on FIRE

  • The boy has been left with ‘significant burns’ after two men set his t-shirt on fire 
  • The two thugs attacked the 12-year-old on Tuesday night in a park in Blackpool  
  • The young victim was taken to hospital by a passer-by who stopped to help 
  • Anyone with information can also call 101 quoting log 1344 of November 1st. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

A 12-year-old boy has been left with ‘significant burns’ after being asked if he’d like to see a magic trick before two hoody-wearing men set fire to his t-shirt with a cigarette lighter. 

The school-age victim was with a friend in Bancroft Park, in Blackpool, when he was approached by the two thugs who were both seen with their hoods up, with one of them also wearing a mask. 

A passer-by stopped to help and took the boy, who suffered burns across his torso, to a hospital.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the assault that happened between 8-9pm on Tuesday night. 

The school-age victim was with a friend in Bancroft Park, in Blackpool, when he was approached by the two thugs who were both seen with their hoods up, with one of them also wearing a mask

The school-age victim was with a friend in Bancroft Park, in Blackpool, when he was approached by the two thugs who were both seen with their hoods up, with one of them also wearing a mask

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. 

Det Insp 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.

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