Livingston - Rangers: Woman and boy injured by pyrotechnics

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Flares in Livingston stadiumImage source, PA Media
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Police said the incidents took place in the area occupied by away fans

A 13-year-old boy received treatment to his eyes and a woman sustained a leg injury when pyrotechnics were set off at a football game.

Smoke bombs, bangers and flares were used in the section occupied by away fans during the game between Livingston and Rangers on Wednesday evening.

A police officer was struck by a coin thrown from the same area of Livingston's Tony Macaroni Arena during the Betfred League Cup quarter final.

Police have appealed for information.

The boy and the 26-year-old woman were treated by medics at the stadium and did not need to go to hospital.

Football banning orders

Ch Insp Neil Mitchell warned that it was only a "matter of time" before someone was more seriously injured.

"It is only down to luck that their injuries were minor," he added.

"One of my officers was also struck by a coin thrown from the same group of supporters. This is also unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"We have a retrospective investigation ongoing and are working closely with both clubs to identify those responsible. I can confirm that we are following a positive line of inquiry."

He added: "We will deal with all those responsible in a robust manner including seeking football banning orders through the courts."

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