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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 22:22 GMT
Boy burned in video stunt
Jackass TV
Jackass TV's website warns viewers about its stunts
A 14-year-old boy has suffered serious burns after setting himself on fire while being filmed in an attempt to appear on television.

The youngster, who is not being named, doused his T-shirt with methylated spirit then used a lighter to set himself on fire in a park in Plympton in Devon.

He tried to extinguish the flames by rolling on the ground, but only managed to put out the fire by jumping in a river.

It is understood his friend was filming the stunt as they were planning to send the tape into a satellite television show.

'Not real'

The emergency services were called to the incident at 1323 GMT on Sunday, and the boy was taken to hospital.

It is believed he suffered serious, but not life-threatening burns.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: "People need to remember that what they see on television is not real.

"We would strongly urge people not to try to recreate for themselves any special effects or stunts they see on television."

Repeated warnings

It is understood the boy was hoping to send a tape of the stunt to Jackass TV, broadcast by satellite Channel MTV.

An MTV spokesman said the programme gave many indications and warnings that people should not recreate stunts, all of which were performed by professionals under strict control and supervision.

He said it went to some lengths to make sure the public understood they should not repeat the stunts, and screened warnings at the start of, during and at the end of Jackass TV programmes.

The programme did not seek any home videos, and would not view anything sent in, he said, adding that no member of the public would ever appear on Jackass TV.

The spokesman also said he was "very sorry" to hear what happened to the boy.

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