Boy, 12, set on fire after two men ask if he wants to see a magic trick

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    A boy aged 12 has suffered "serious injuries" following a horror "magic trick" that saw a man set fire to his t-shirt.

    The victim was with a friend in Bancroft Park, Blackpool, when he was approached by two older men asking whether the youngster would like to see a magic trick.

    Police are asking for any witnesses to the crime, which saw the men pull out a cigarette lighter and set the boy's shirt on fire, to come forward.

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    The boy suffered significant burns to his torso in the incident off Seasiders Way in Blackpool earlier last night.

    The unnamed youngster had been taken to hospital and was treated for significant burns after a passer-by stopped to help him.

    Two suspects are wanted in connection with the horrifying attack, with one described as tall and wearing a black hoody with the hood pulled up, a black mask, black trousers with pockets on the legs and black leather gloves.

    A second man was described as smaller than the first, but also wearing a black hoody with the hood up, black joggers and fingerless gloves.

    It was reported by Lancashire Constabulary that the smaller of the two men was covering his face with his hand.

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    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 over the incident is asked to quote log 1344 of November 1 by calling 101, or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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