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Boy burnt after being pushed into bonfire

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Published 01/07/2011

The father of a seven-year-old boy who was pushed into a bonfire says he could have been burned to death.

Tyler Hutchinson suffered injuries to his hands, neck and face after the attack in the loyalist Ballysally estate in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, on Wednesday afternoon. "His head actually went into the middle of the fire," explained the boy's father, Trevor Hutchinson.

"His head has been singed from ear to ear. It's bad, but if his clothes had caught fire things could have been a lot worse. He could have burned to death.

"Somebody, somewhere knows who did it but are not saying anything."

A PSNI spokeswoman urged anyone with information to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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