A 13-year-old is recovering from surgery after a schoolboy prank left him with a serious hand injury.
The boy had to be rescued by firefighters after he fell from high fencing on to a hockey net at a sports centre in Longridge.
Today his mother and head teacher both issued a warning to youngsters not to climb into locked sports pitches.
“This poor boy has had surgery on his hand, but it could have been far, far worse,” said Jane Green, head of Longridge High School which houses the town’s sports and arts centre.
“I’d like to advise parents to make it clear to their children not to climb fences like this. It is dangerous because the fencing was locked and it needed the fire brigade to get him out.”
It is thought the boy and some friends scaled the fencing around the all-weather pitches on Preston Road to play football. When they came to leave, the injured boy, believed to be a pupil at the school, climbed on top of a hockey goal and then on to the fence.
“He cut his hand quite badly on the fencing and I think he fell back on to the net,” said Mrs Green. “From what I can gather he was on top of the net. But no-one could get to him so the fire brigade had to be called. They shouldn’t have been on the property because it wasn’t open at the time.
“This lad is very embarrassed by what he did. His hand was quite badly gashed and he was having an operation yesterday to fix it.”
The boy’s mother, who asked not to be named, added: “It’s bad enough with the injury he suffered, but it could have been a lot worse. So I’d like to remind parents to warn their children about climbing fences.”
A fire brigade spokesman confirmed that a crew had attended the incident.