Man Set on Fire in Stockton-On-Tees
A man in his 20s was set on fire by a group men this week in Stockton-On-Tees.
The incident, which police are classing as a homophobic hate crime, occurred whilst the victim was walking through the grounds of a church. A group of four men approached the 20 year old and asked him questions about his sexuality.
He ignored the group and continued on his journey, however one of the men approached him from behind. The offender proceeded to spray aerosol on the back of the victim’s legs and then set him alight.
The victim was treated for serious burns, which required skin grafts, at North Tees University hospital, according to police.
The incident occurred at 3am on Wednesday 20 July and Cleveland police are urging any witnesses to come forward. A statement released by the force read:
“The man who lit the aerosol is described as white, in his early 20s, medium build, with short blond hair. He was bare-chested and wearing jogging bottoms. Officers are treating this as a homophobic hate crime and are asking anyone with information to come forward and call police on 101.”
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Source: The Guardian