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 victim was with a friend in Bancroft Park, off Seasiders Way, when he was approached by two older men who asked him if he wanted to see a magic trick before setting his t-shirt on fire with a cigarette lighter.
It happened between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday 1 November. The boy suffered significant burns to his torso and was taken to hospital by a passer-by who stopped to help.
Police say 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.
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.”
Detectives are actively on the hunt for these two men since what they did to the British child was so abhorrent and evil. To think that two men would set a twelve-year-old boy on fire after tricking him into watching a magic trick is absolutely diabolical.
Anyone with information can also call 101 quoting log 1344 of November 1. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.