Sunday 22 April 2018

Boys (12) in hospital after 'shocking' and 'despicable' acid attack

Shane Flower Photo: Facebook
Shane Flower Photo: Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Two 12-year-old boys were left with horrific facial injuries after an acid or chemical substance was allegedly thrown at them.

Police in Scotland are appealing for witnesses after the attack in the Northfield area of Aberdeen yesterday at approximately 8pm.

Shane Flower (12) suffered significant burns around his eyes, cheek and mouth.

His sister Gemma Florence posted a picture on Facebook of the 12-year-old recovering in hospital.

"My gorgeous little brother's face!

"Someone threw some sort of acid/chemical at him and his friend's faces!!

"My poor boy is devastated," she wrote.

Detective Inspector Allen Shaw, who is leading the investigation, said it was a "shocking and despicable" attack.

"This has been a shocking and despicable incident against two young boys who have obviously been left upset and shaken by what has happened to them. They have been left with significant injuries and were taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital for treatment.

"Extensive inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and we are working with our colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as part of our investigation. There will be a police presence in the area for some time, however the scene where this incident happened has been examined and I can assure the public it is safe.

"I would appeal for anyone with information about the incident, whether you were in the area at the time or know anything about it, to please get in touch. You can contact Police Scotland on 101, via the Police Scotland website or via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

"I can assure the local community that all resources available to us will be used to trace those responsible. It won't be tolerated."

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