Watch out for the tongue-in-cheek remark by the police inspector at the end -
"An Army Cadet suffered burns in an unprovoked attack after selling poppies for Remembrance Day. The 15-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop at 6pm yesterday in Manchester city centre when a man approached him with an aerosol can and lighter and sprayed him with lit fumes. The cadet, who was wearing his camouflaged uniform, suffered minor burns to his face and singed hairs in his face and right forearm, Greater Manchester Police said. The offender [was] described as black or Asian...Detective Inspector Liam Boden said -"
"At this stage of our inquiries, we're keeping an open minded as to what motivated the offender to commit such an act."
Despite Safeway's CCTV cameras, we don't even know what the attacker looked like in this incident -
"Both the Royal British Legion and Safeway said they could not comment."
So police have imposed a vow of silence on both Safeway and the Legion. I wonder what the "further inquiries" are about? Did the old man provoke his young attacker by selling poppies, perhaps? Or can the thug be let off because he was a victim of extremism?