A 15-year-old Army cadet who was selling poppies for Remembrance Day suffered burns to his face in an attack with a lit aerosol can.
Police said a man lifted an aerosol can and a lighter and sprayed him with lit fumes.
The cadet suffered burns to his face and singed hairs, officers confirmed.
Greater Manchester Police said the offender, described as black or Asian, (A Muslim) 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top, then walked off without saying a word.
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