Leeds Festival: 17-year-old boy suffers burns to his legs after ‘acid attack’ in dance tent
Leeds Festival ‘Acid Attack’: 17-year-old boy suffers burns to his legs after being sprayed with corrosive liquid in dance tent
- Olly Spencer-Littlewood, of Wyke near Bradford, was attacked on Sunday
- Doctors at the hospital said the liquid was “some acid,” his father said
- West Yorkshire Police have opened an investigation into the attack
A teenager suffered burns to his legs after an alleged acid attack at the Leeds festival this weekend.
Olly Spencer-Littlewood, 17, of Wyke near Bradford, was sprayed with liquid in a dance tent in the early hours of Sunday morning during her first-ever festival.
Police have opened an investigation into the attack, which left Mr Spencer-Littlewood in bandages after being rushed to hospital.
The teenager said he didn’t think he could make it to another festival after the assault.
Olly Spencer-Littlewood (left), 17, of Wyke near Bradford, suffered burns to her legs (right) after an alleged acid attack at the Leeds Festival this weekend
Mr. Spencer-Littlewood was enjoying a DJ set when he felt a liquid hit his legs.
He assumed someone had spilled a drink while dancing in the busy crowd, but the sensation quickly “escalated to a burn”.
The teenager was near the scene at the time, so he climbed over the fence and alerted a marshall who quickly took him to the medical tent.
Medics called an ambulance while the fluid was washed off with water before it was taken to York Hospital for further treatment around 2:30 a.m.
His father Craig Littlewood said: “They cleaned it up in the hospital and reported that it was acid of a certain description.
The liquid was an “acid of some description,” said doctors at the hospital, said Craig, Mr Spencer-Littlewood’s father.
“It’s not the worst that makes your skin fall out, but it’s still bad enough to do damage.”
Mr Spencer-Littlewood was wearing shorts at the time and the acid injured both legs. On one, it has a circular of about five inches that has blistered.
“The worst part is that this is his very first festival,” said his father. “It’s like a unique piece for him, it cost him a lot of money, and he might be branded with it, we don’t know.
“He actually said to me ‘I don’t think I could go anywhere else’, and I fully understand why. I don’t blame you, mate, for being fair.
Her wounds were dressed in hospital and the dressings have been in place ever since.
He will find out about the next day how severe the burns are and whether he is likely to be affected by the incident.
West Yorkshire Police said they have opened an investigation into the attack.
A spokesperson said: “At 7:24 pm on Monday, police were contacted by a 17-year-old man who said he was treated in hospital after being splashed with a substance on his lower legs the day before. in the evening at the Leeds Festival site in Bramham Park, near Leeds.
“Leeds District CID officers have visited the victim to obtain details of the incident and investigations are underway.”
Mr Spencer-Littlewood was enjoying a DJ set at Leeds Festival when he felt the liquid hit his legs
Pictured: Revelers listen to AJ Tracey on the main stage of the Leeds Festival in Bramham Park on Saturday
Craig said: “I have no complaints at Leeds Fest. He is an individual who went there with something to harm someone.
“I’m in my late forties and been in the Forces and my mindset is I just can’t figure it out, what idiot is he in there?”
“I really lost a few days of sleep with it because it doesn’t sink into the fact that some idiot would.”
He said his son “just can’t believe anyone is doing it.”
Mr Spencer-Littlewood continued: “He’s a confident boy and he never had a problem with anything and he went out there thinking it was a once in a lifetime thing because it was so expensive. ”
“Looking at any other report from the festival, you would have no idea what happened, so why should we keep silent.”
Family members have contacted Leeds Festival about the incident but have yet to receive a response.
Festival organizers have been approached for comment.