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Boy, 17, hands himself in to police after seven-year-old is hit in the face with a flare at Barnsley match


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A 17-year-old boy has handed himself in at a police station after a seven-year-old was hit by a flare.

On Saturday, a seven-year-old boy was watching Hull City play Barnsley at the South Yorkshire club’s Oakwell Stadium, when he was hit in the face by a flare.

Police believed that the flare had been thrown by a fellow Hull City supporter.

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Thankfully, the boy was not seriously hurt and was able to watch the rest of the match, but Chief Inspector Blake Neale of Humberside Police said that whoever was responsible would be dealt with “robustly”.

He said: “Behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated as families should feel safe to be able to go to watch their team’s play without the fear of this type of incident.

“Police officers work closely with the ground’s stewards and tonight one supporter had been arrested on entry to the ground when he was found in possession of a flare.

“We are working closely with our colleagues in South Yorkshire Police, Hull City and Barnsley Football Clubs to conduct a thorough investigation and whoever is found to be responsible will be dealt with robustly.”

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In an update that came at 10pm on Saturday, Humberside police confirmed that a 17-year-old boy had handed himself into police.

He will now be questioned in connection with the flare being thrown.

A spokesperson said: “A 17 year-old boy has presented himself to Clough Road Police Station tonight and will now be questioned in connection with the incident.”

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