A gang of boys and girls tried to set a 10-year-old girl's coat on fire while she was wearing it in a terrifying park attack.

The girl and a friend had been in New Ferry park on New Chester Road at around 1.15pm on Sunday when it was reported that a gang attacked her in a "completely unprovoked attack."

The gang are believed to have been girls and boys aged around 12 to 13.

Both girls had a drink thrown over them and the young attackers attempted, unsuccessfully, 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.

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A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "We are investigating following reports that a 10-year-old girl was assaulted in a Wirral park yesterday, Sunday 18th April.

"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.

"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."

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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.

"We are carrying out enquiries in the local area and I would ask anyone who was in the park or the surrounding area who saw anybody or anything suspicious to contact us.

“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.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 21000246347.