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Burnt Seven-Year-Old, Preston Flores, Dies After Being Set On Fire In Aberdeen Street

22/04/2014 08:44 BST | Updated 22/04/2014 09:59 BST

A seven-year-old boy who was badly burned in a city street has died in hospital, police said.

Preston Flores was found "on fire" by horrified neighbours in Bedford Avenue in Aberdeen on Friday.

It is thought petrol could have been involved in the incident.

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The youngster was taken to hospital in Aberdeen before being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh where he died today.

In a statement released through police on behalf of the family, his mother, Luisza, said: "Preston's family want to inform the public that their precious little boy has passed away and is at rest.

"He meant the world to his family and will always be deeply missed and loved. Preston was a special little boy and his loss has ripped our family apart."

She added: "On behalf of our family I would like to thank everyone for their support but would ask that we are now allowed to grieve in peace for Preston."

Police investigating the incident say there is no evidence so far that it was a deliberate act amid reports the accident could have happened after a prank went wrong.

Eyewitness Victoria-Jayne Pirie said Preston was on fire from the neck downwards and his clothes were sticking to him.

"We had heard him screaming and he had been lying on the floor, basically just trying to get himself calm, but nothing was working and he just ran up the back garden, screaming and crying. It was just horrid," she told STV News.

Preston was a pupil at Sunnybank School in Aberdeen.

Its acting headteacher, Michelle McKay, said: "Preston was a lively and competitive little boy who loved football, PE and all sorts of outdoor activities, as well as board games, baking and building with Lego.

"He was a fun-loving boy with a great sense of humour and lots of friends. He loved his family too, and was always sharing with us the latest news about his new baby brother.

"This is a tragic time for his family, for the school and for everyone connected to it. We are all so saddened by what has happened.

"This is a strong and close-knit community, however, and so we are all supporting each other and I am sure that, together, we will find ways of coming to terms with our loss."