Homeless man suffers burns as sleeping bag is set on fire in Newcastle park

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A homeless man was seriously injured when thugs set fire to his sleeping bag in Newcastle’s Leazes Park.

The 51-year-old, who the Chronicle understands to be homeless, suffered serious burns  and is receiving hospital treatment, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened sometime last night.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident and are asking any witnesses to come forward, in particular the man was helped by two passers by in the park and police are urging them to get in contact. Inquiries are being carried out to identify the offenders, who are believed to know the victim. Inquiries suggest this is an isolated incident.”

Extra police will be in the park, both to carry out enquiries into the attack and also offer reassurance.”

Any witnesses should contact Northumbria…

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