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Police Patrols Stepped Up After Teenagers Set Boy's Leg on Fire in York

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12:14pm 24th January 2013

A 10 year old boy from York is unhurt after his leg was set on fire by a group of teenagers.

A York Press article reports Gabriel Wishart was sprayed on the leg by older children playing with lighters and aerosols.

Police have now stepped up patrols at Ashton Park in Clifton where it's claimed the incident happened on Tuesday evening.

Police Sergeant Ed Noble, of the Clifton Moor Safer Neighbourhood Team in York, said: “This is a very concerning incident which could have had serious consequences, but  thankfully the boy did not suffer any injuries but was left shaken by the ordeal.

“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and we are appealing for information from members of the local community.

“This case highlights the inherent dangers of cigarette lighters, matches and aerosols being misused. The individuals involved on this occasion can count themselves extremely lucky that nobody was harmed.

“We will continue to support the victim and his family as the investigation progresses.”

Sgt Noble added: “Officers are working closely with local schools to both identify those responsible and to educate pupils about the dangers of this type of behaviour.

“Extra reassurance patrols will take place in the Ashton Park area, as well as dealing robustly with anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

“Importantly, we are liaising with local shopkeepers to ensure cigarette lighters, matches and accelerants such as aerosol cans do not fall into the wrong hands.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ed Noble.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130012489.

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