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Police appeal after two boys threatened to set fire to 12-year old

William Walker

William Walker


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Police are appealing for information after a “threat to kill” on a 12-year old victim in Newbury last week.
The 12-year old victim was walking on the subway underpass at the junction of Shaw Road and London Road at about 1.10pm on Easter Monday, April 6.
Two boys aged approximately 12 to 13 then approached the boy before spraying him with WD40. They then produced a lighter before threatening to burn him.
The first offender is described as short, slim with short brown hair and wearing a grey zip-up hooded top and blue chinos.
The second offender is stocky, about 5ft 4ins, with dark brown hair which was brushed flat and wearing a grey jacket, brown T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms.
The victim sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.
Investigating officer PC Colin Fearn said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a young boy during the Easter holidays.
“We are carrying out an extensive investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice but need the help of the public. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, anyone who recognises the description of the offenders or has any information to call police on 101.
“I am particularly interested in speaking to a woman and her partner, who we believe were with their children, who may have witnessed the incident and spoke to the offenders.
“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

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