Warning to young after two injured

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A WARNING has been issued to youngsters about the dangers of setting fires after two teenagers were injured in an accident.

It comes after two 13-year-old boys were injured by an exploding aerosol can thrown onto a fire started in woodland in Seghill.

Firefighters and police officers were called to the woods, off Pit Lane, to deal with the incident last month.

The injured pair were taken to hospital for treatment to burns on their hands and faces and kept in overnight for observation.

Sergeant Mick Aspey, of Cramlington’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “Anyone who deliberately or maliciously starts fires could face being arrested and ultimately end up with a criminal record.

“Officers are visiting schools in the area to speak to children about the dangers of starting and playing with fires.

“Anyone who chooses to mess with fire is putting their safety, their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“We know where the boys started the fire, and officers from the neighbourhood team will be patrolling the area to ensure that others can’t do the same.”

Alex Bennett, pictured, acting chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fires can be very dangerous.

“Even the smallest fire can get out of control and endanger lives and cause serious injury.

“Our message is: Don’t play with fire as you could end up scarred for life and facing criminal prosecution.”