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Children who tried to set a 10-year-old girl on fire in a park have been branded "monsters" by angry parents.
The gang of boys and girls tried to set fire to the youngster’s coat in a "completely unprovoked attack".
They are believed to have been aged just 12 to 13, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The girl and a friend had been in New Ferry park on the Wirral, Merseyside at around 1.15pm on Sunday when the attack happened.
Both had a drink thrown over them and the attackers unsuccessfully tried to set the 10-year-old girl's coat on fire.
The young girl was left with redness and grazing on her face from the assault.
Hundreds of people have been left appalled.
Jackie Duddle said: "This is vile behaviour.
"These monsters need [to be] punished, never mind saying they are only 10 and 12 years old, they are old enough to know what they are doing."
Sandra Devereux added: "Hope the young girl is okay.
"What is it coming to when young kids can’t go to a park when we get nasty horrible little rats thinking they can go around abusing others?"
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Jen Ward wrote: "Poor kid, must have been terrified.
"This will likely affect her for the rest of her life."
Betty Williams added: "They are just horrors. Hope the injured girl makes a full recovery."
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "The girl had been with a female friend in New Ferry park on New Chester Road at around 1.15pm when it is reported she was assaulted by a gang of males and females aged around 12-13.
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"It is also believed one of the group tried to unsuccessfully burn the girl’s coat.
"Both girls also had a drink thrown over them.
"The 10-year-old girl suffered grazing and reddening to her face during the incident.
"An investigation is underway and CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing."
Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack and was a horrible incident for the young girl and her friend to endure.
"This type of behaviour is in no way acceptable and I would ask parents of children living in the local area to speak to them and ask if they have any knowledge of the incident or those responsible so that we can take action."
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