Youths attack terrified paperboy with ‘petrol’
Saturday 1st April 2017 @ 00:16 by Adam Higgins
Dukinfield News

Police are investigating after two youths are believed to have launched a terrifying attack on a paperboy in Dukinfield by hurling ‘petrol’ at him.

The 14-year-old was doing his round when he was approached by two young boys, who started pushing him around, on Cheetham Hill Road at around 6:45pm on Wednesday evening (March 29).

One threw liquid – believed to be petrol – all over him before the pair proceeded to chase the teenage victim to an alleyway close to Chester Avenue.

The boys, believed to be around 13 years old, continued to throw more of the substance at the victim as he ran along the alley, and then they produced a lighter.

The teenage victim managed to stop a passer-by, who was walking his dog, and told him he was being chased before his family called police.

The perpetrators ran away from the scene in the direction of Chester Avenue and into Kingsway.

They are described as white, of slim build, about 5ft tall and both wearing black coats, while one had dark hair.

Police are now anxious to trace the dog walker to speak to him in connection with the incident. He is described as white, bald and was walking a dog at the time.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Stapleton, from GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a young lad who was just going about his evening delivering papers.

“Why anyone would want to scare an innocent child like this is beyond comprehension and it’s particularly worrying that the culprits appear to be young boys themselves.

“Thankfully, the boy wasn’t injured and I would like to stress that incidents like this are extremely rare.

“We will have extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone who saw anything, or might know who did this, to please call us.

“The man who was walking his dog at the time is not in any trouble and he could be vital in helping us find answers. I would urge him to also contact us.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 9262 quoting incident number 1730 of 29 March 2017 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.