Schoolgirl burned by park gang

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An 11-year-old girl was held down and burned in a vicious and unprovoked attack in a Leyland park.

The gang of around five girls set upon the terrified schoolgirl while she was walking with a friend through Worden Park.

Her friend managed to run off but the 11-year-old was dragged into a bush and pinned down by the gang while one burned her with a cigarette lighter.

Police have urged anyone who may have seen anything to get in touch, as they hunt the gang responsible.

The attack happened near the maze between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Friday, July 29 and the all-female gang, who were unknown to their victim, may have been as young as 14.

All wore hoods and sunglasses to hide their faces.

The terrified girl was unable to give a detailed description of her attackers but the girl’s friend was able to offer police some information.

One of the gang is described as being around 14-years-old with long, straight blonde hair. She was of a thin build and roughly 5ft 6ins tall and wearing light blue jeans, and short-sleeved red top and had a split or scar in here eyebrow.

Another is described as wearing a black McKenzie jacket with pink writing on the sleeves. She was also wearing black tracksuit bottoms and had curly black or brown hair.

Sgt Michael Porter, of Leyland Police, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on an innocent schoolgirl.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity at the time or who may have seen anything to get in touch with us immediately.

“Anyone with information can contact us on 0845 1253545 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The 11-year-old girl was taken to Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital where she was treated for the burn to her arm.