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Liam Gallagher fan from Boston fears she'll be scarred for life from flare burn

The Liam Gallagher gig, which left Stacey badly burnt, was her first visit to a concert. Credit: Stacey Andrew

A woman from Boston, who was hit by a flare during a Liam Gallagher concert on Monday, fears she will be scarred for life.

Stacey Andrew, who is 27, was left badly burnt after the flare went off in the crowd and set her clothes on fire.

Stacey first thought she had been hit by a cup with a drink in it, but soon realised this was not the case.

Stacey had gone to the Sheffield gig at the Fly DSA Arena with her partner Callum Mutton, who also received hospital treatment.

The former Oasis frontman has reached out directly Stacey on social media after hearing what had happened, urging her to get in touch.

Liam Gallagher has expressed his disappointment at Monday night's events. Credit: Liam Gallagher/Twitter

Police say they are set to speak to Stacey and Callum.

We are aware of an incident that occurred at on Monday 18 November at the Fly DSA Arena on Broughton Lane, Sheffield.

It is reported that a 21-year-old man and a woman he was with, whose age is not known, were in the audience of a concert and were allegedly hit by a flare that was thrown from behind them.

They both suffered burns and received treatment at the Northern General Hospital before returning home to recover.

Arrangements will be made for both injured parties to be interviewed but as they live outside of our force area we can’t say when this will be.

– South Yorkshire Police

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Arena bosses have apologised for the incident and say they are reviewing procedures regarding flares.

We are extremely sorry that two customers were injured by the actions of a fellow concert goer whilst attending a show at the Arena. The irresponsible behaviour of the concert goer who threw the flare along with any other people within their party who were aware of the possibility of their actions cannot be condoned and they should be held accountable for their actions.

The use of smoke bombs and flares at Arena events is a new but becoming an increasing challenge for all Arena’s, particularly as to the lengths people will take to get these into stadia and arenas. We are a member of the National Arena Association and our security provision, our processes and procedures are in line with fellow members of the association both inside and outside of the venue. However as you would expect and as with any incident that involves any of our customers, we are currently reviewing the procedures we have in place in dealing with these items.

– Dominic Stokes, Head of SIVLive who runs the FlyDSA Arena

Meanwhile, a top fire chief has slammed Manchester Arena security staff for not confiscating flares at the door after they were set off in the crowd during another Liam Gallagher gig on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton, who was off-duty when he attended the concert with his daughter on Wednesday, said the pyrotechnics presented a danger to public safety.

Mr Walton, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said at least half a dozen flares were set off during the gig.

I was surprised to see flares and smoke canisters used. At least half a dozen went off, all from the standing area. They are dangerous. They are very hot at the tip. There would be a concern for anyone in close proximity to them, there is a risk of injury. I was shocked. I have never seen them indoors.

– Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dave Walton

Bosses at the venue confirmed that flares are prohibited from Arena gigs and if they were found on people they would be confiscated.

Manchester Arena has rigorous security procedures in place which are continually reviewed in conjunction with the police and the security services.

Following intelligence from other venues on this tour, additional signage was in place on all entry points to reinforce the prohibited items. We had metal detectors, sniffer dogs and full bag searches at all entrances to the venue and the vast majority of guests were well behaved. We can confirm that one flare was let off during the DMA’s support act set and a second towards the end of the Liam Gallagher set. On both occasions our control measures were in place to prevent injuries and minimise disruption. The offenders were apprehended and handed over to the British Transport Police.

– Manchester Arena Spokesperson