Girl, 12, escapes fire-spray attack

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A SCHOOLGIRL escaped unhurt after being threatened by a boy spraying fire with an aerosol can.

The 12-year-old was walking home from Oasis Academy in Immingham on Tuesday when she was threatened by two girls and a boy after an argument.

The girls gave the boy a lighter and an aerosol can, which he ignited and pointed at the girl.

Police said the girl escaped harm despite being chased for up to 130ft.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and said a number of parents who were in the area at the time, between 3pm and 3.15pm, may have seen the incident.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “The group of two girls and one boy are said to have become engaged in a verbal altercation with the 12-year-old before the boy was handed an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter by the two girls, which was allegedly ignited and brandished close to the victim in what was perceived as a threatening manner.

“No injuries were caused to the victim who ran away and was initially chased by the boy for 30 to 40 metres.

“It is thought that numerous parents were collecting children from school at the time and may have witnessed the incident.”

Last month, a boy aged 13 who set a younger boy on fire in a similar incident in York was ordered to write a letter of apology to his victim.

Gabriel Wishart, 10, was sprayed with an aerosol can and set alight in Ashton Park, but managed to avoid injury by rolling on the ground in snow.

School bullies were condemned yesterday after footage of an attack on a 14-year-old girl was posted on the social networking website Facebook.

The clip showed the girl having her hair pulled and being kicked and punched by another girl at Beckfoot School in Bingley, Bradford.

Facebook removed the footage following complaints.

Anti-bullying campaigners said such incidents were becoming “all too common”.