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Appeal after ‘silly string’ attack ends in assault on boy in Morecambe

John Freeman
Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old boy was sprayed with ‘silly string’ and assaulted in Morecambe on Saturday (20th October).

The bizarre incident, picked up by at least one national newspaper, took place between 3 and 4.00pm outside Pound Fever on Euston Road when the boy, who was with a friend, were walking through Morecambe town centre carrying an owl.

The boys were approached by a large group of teenaged boys, aged in their mid-teens who began to spray them both with silly string. The victims ran away but the teenagers then gave chase, punching one of the boys in the face.

“This is an unusual incident which has occurred in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon," said PC Ben Hanley, " so I would appeal to anybody that witnessed it or with any information about those responsible to come forward.

“The motive for the offence is unclear at this time but it is possible they were trying to steal the owl.

"The use of the string has clearly caused the owl some distress but fortunately they managed to keep it safe and the boy was not seriously hurt."

• Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting crime reference BB1203964.