Northern Ireland

Teenagers 'tried to set boy on fire' in Ardoyne

A mother has claimed a gang of teenagers tried to set her 13-year-old son on fire in north Belfast.

Adele Russell told the Belfast Telegraph the gang poured "flammable liquid" on his back and set it alight, while filming the attack.

She said it happened as her son walked home from a shop near their house in Ardoyne at about 23:00 BST on Thursday.

Police said they were aware of an incident in Ardoyne Avenue at that time and were making inquiries.

Ms Russell told the newspaper that her son pulled his jumper off and his friends, who had accompanied him to the shop, helped him to pat out the flames.

"We feel because he acted quickly that saved him from being seriously injured," she said.

"It seemed the fuel only burned very quickly before it was able to catch anything else or set his jumper on fire, although there was a scorch mark on it.

"He was terrorised and ran straight home and came in here shaking."

She reported the attack to the police.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "We are aware of an incident which occurred in the Ardoyne Avenue area of Belfast on the evening of Thursday, 14 August at approximately 11pm.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident."

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