Heres another of them blood boiling moments. A 15-year-old Army cadet selling poppies in Manchester city centre to raise money for the Royal British Legion was viciously attacked with a homemade flame thrower by a vile person described as ‘Asian’ or black. Chances are it will turn out to be a Muslim responsible for the hate attack.
Greater Manchester Police’s response to the savagery was nowhere near good enough almost trying to play down the incident. Detectives said they are ‘keeping an open mind’ about the motive of the attack, Come on, its pretty damm obvious as to the motive. A white kid in army fatigues raising money for ex servicemen !!!
If it had been a 15 year old Muslim youth fund-raising for a mosque who had been attacked by a home made flame thrower would they be ‘keeping an open mind’. Not a prayer they would be treating the same way. They would be saying this is being treated as a racist hate crime!!!!
Royal British Legion condemns ‘flamethrower’ attack on teen selling poppies in Manchester
Nov 02, 2014 17:23
By Paul Britton
“It is shocking that a young man who has dedicated his time to supporting the Poppy Appeal could be targeted in this horrifying manner”
Royal British Legion bosses have spoken of their horror over an ‘appalling’ flamethrower attack on a 15-year-old Army cadet selling poppies in Manchester citycentre.
The teenager, who was wearing full camouflaged Army fatigues, was left with burns after he was blasted in the face by a thug who used an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter to make a DIY blowtorch.
The man held the lighter up to the aerosol’s flammable fumes and sprayed the schoolboy with flames.
Manchester MP Lucy Powell said she was ‘disgusted’ by the attack – which comes ahead of Manchester Poppy Day on Thursday, the launch of the city’s annual fundraising appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
Now the Royal British Legion – who the young cadet was volunteering his spare time to raise money for – has strongly condemned the incident.
A spokesman told the M.E.N.: “The Royal British Legion is appalled to hear of this act of violence against one of our poppy collectors in Manchester. It is shocking that a young man who has dedicated his spare time as a cadet to supporting the Poppy Appeal could be targeted in this horrifying manner.
“We extend our sympathy and support to the cadet and his family and will be cooperating with the police investigation of this incident.”
The victim, who has not been named, was waiting at a bus stop next to Manchester Art Gallery, opposite George Street, when he was approached by the man, who police said appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was staggering.
The teenager, who had been looking down Princess Street at the time of the unprovoked attack, suffered minor reddening to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm.
The attacker, who walked off without saying a word, is described as being black or Asian, 5ft 8in and wearing a dark hooded top. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was staggering, police said.
Detectives are ‘keeping an open mind’ about the motive of the attack, which happened yesterday at 6pm. They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Det Insp Liam Boden said: “This is an absolutely appalling attack on a young man who was raising money to help remember all those who gave their lives fighting bravely for their country. At this stage of our inquiries, we’re keeping an open mind as to what motivated the offender to commit such an act.
“Given the initial description we have of the offender, it may be that he was under the influence of something but whatever his motivation, his violent actions could have scarred this young man for life.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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