A pensioner has been left with burns after teenagers set fire to an oxygen bag used to help him breathe.

The man, 74, was out delivering Christmas cards when they flicked a cigarette at him which it’s understood caused his oxygen bag to catch fire.

Police are treating the incident December 16 as a suspected assault.

Hurley Close in Hull (Picture: Google Maps)

A man and woman both stopped to help the man, and police are now appealing for them to come forward to help with their enquiries.

The pensioner was walking along Hurley Close in Hull, East Yorkshire, between 4pm and 6pm.

He was left with burns to his face and back as well as the inside of his nose and mouth.

In a statement, a spokesman for Humberside Police said: ‘Officers are investigating reports that a man, 74, suffered facial burns after the oxygen bag that he used to assist his breathing was set alight between 4pm and 6pm on December 16.


‘It was reported that the man was walking along Hurley Close in Hull delivering Christmas cards, when two teenage boys rode passed him on bikes and allegedly flicked a cigarette at him.

‘The cigarette reportedly caused the man’s oxygen bag to catch fire, resulting in the man suffering burns to his face, inside his nose and mouth, and his back.

‘It is believed that a man and a woman stopped to help the man. If this was you, please get in touch with us, you may have vital information that could assist our enquiries.’

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 570 of December 16.