Police have issued a stark warning after a young man suffered serious injuries to his hand when a firework exploded.Why so harsh, it could have been an accident after all...
The 22-year-old is currently in Derriford Hospital where he is awaiting a full assessment of his injuries, which is understood to include the near loss of his thumb and one of his fingers.
Police have confirmed that they received reports at around 4.41pm on Thursday of "youths throwing fireworks" in Trevithick Road, Kings Tamerton, close to the Marine Academy Plymouth.And they weren't called because the paramedic thought a crime had been committed, oh no:
Police were told four males in their late teens were acting in an antisocial manner, shouting and hurling fireworks while children were still leaving the school
However, a few minutes later police were contacted by a lone rapid response paramedics who had been called to Kings Tamerton Road to treat a 22-year-old suffering severe injuries to his hand.
The paramedic, from the South Western Ambulance Service, had called upon the assistance of police after being surrounded by a group of increasingly aggressive youths as he treated the injured man.Morons...
Father-of-two Michael Harper (36) suffered serious burns and has been left permanently disfigured by the blast, which happened at an electricity sub-station under a railway arch in Constitution Hill, Highfields, Leicester.Sadly, as he's already bred, he's ineligible. But it does serve to prove there's no honour in (metal) thieves:
While he lay on the floor on fire, accomplice Richard Boyce (50) took his car keys and tried to drive off.Nice!
Recorder Michael Stephens told Harper: "You have suffered a punishment, it seems to me, already."Not enough of one. Now he'll get to claim disability!