An 11-year-old boy’s face burnt after flaming item was thrown at him at Maltby skate park

A man has been accused of assaulting a police officer
A man has been accused of assaulting a police officer

Police in Rotherham are asking people to come forward they have any information about an assault at a skate park in the Maltby area of Rotherham.

Between 4.40pm and 5pm on Sunday, June 19, it is reported that an 11-year-old boy was riding his bike at the skate park off Manor Road in Maltby, when persons unknown are alleged to have thrown something at the boy.

The item thrown is understood to have been some sort of accelerant, which was on fire and caused burns to the boy’s face.

DC Mark Hundleby investigating said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked incident against a child and we want to identify those responsible.

“The victim is lucky that his injuries are not more severe, but the fact remains that this behaviour was incredibly dangerous and put lives at risk.

“If you were in the skate park that afternoon, or in the local area and saw anything that might help us work out who did this, please get in touch.”

If you witnessed the incident or hold any information that could help officers with their investigation call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 895 of June 19.

You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.