Thugs set fire to man’s legs in hate crime as he walked through the grounds of a Stockton church

A MAN was left needing skin grafts after thugs set him on fire in a homophobic attack.
The 20-year-old man was attacked at 3am on Tuesday morning as he walked through the grounds of Holy Trinity Church on Yarm Lane in Stockton – an area known locally as “The Chuggy”. A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A group of four men confronted him and began questioning the victim about his sexual orientation. “He ignored them and continued on to Parliament Street. “One of the men then approached him from behind and sprayed an aerosol can at the victim’s legs which he then set alight, causing burns to the victim’s calves.” The victim was treated for burns at North Tees University Hospital in Stockton, and then discharged, but will have to return to have skin grafts. The attackers made off towards Yarm Lane.  The man who lit the aerosol is described as white, in his early 20s, medium build, with short blonde hair. He was bare-chested and wearing jogging bottoms. Cleveland Police is treating the incident as a homophobic hate crime. Sarah Lewis, of Teesside LGBT support charity Hart Gables, said hate crime was often under-reported – but that she believed physical attacks like this were uncommon in the Teesside area. “Hate crime is a problem, and the main problem is that it is under-reported,” she said.

via thenorthernecho: Thugs set fire to man’s legs in hate crime as he walked through the grounds of a Stockton church

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