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Firework blinds boy in one eye in Salford

A 14-year-old boy has lost his sight in one eye after he was deliberately hit by a firework in Salford.

The teenager was with three friends in a children's play area on fields near Duchy Road when the incident happened at about 19:30 GMT on 5 November.

Police said a rocket firework was fired at them and it hit the boy in the face. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

A man was then seen running away from the park. Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

The teenager has now been told he will never regain the sight in his left eye.

'Savage attack'

Det Con Jon Marsh said: "This is an inexplicably savage attack and I have to say that while it is tragic that this boy has been blinded in one eye, it is also fortunate that nobody was killed.

"For many years, all of the authorities have worked hard to advise the public on how to enjoy a safe bonfire night, and then we hear of incidents like this.

"Our inquiries so far suggest that this was a deliberate act.

"Not only am I appealing for witnesses, but I am also asking for any information that could help this investigation."

Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly said: "Our thoughts go out to the teenager and his family who are now living with the impact of this injury for the rest of their lives.

"Fireworks are dangerous, which is why we work so hard to encourage people to put safety first. It saddens us to hear of any injuries, particularly when they have such a devastating effect like this one.

"We hope the community is able to help us identify those responsible for this particular incident."

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