Police appeal for witnesses following acid attack

A police sketch of the perpetrator Pic: Metropolitan Police

Police in Croydon are appealing for witnesses with information regarding an acid attack that took place on Monday April 8.

Police were called to the scene at 11.30am after an unnamed victim was attacked with sulphuric acid whilst driving on County Road in Thornton Heath. The two victim’s were a 63 year-old woman and a 13 year-old girl, their injuries were deemed non-life threatening.

Victims reportedly told the police that they were driving towards Highbury Avenue when a van started driving towards them, eventually driving parallel to the car. The woman tried to engage a conversation with the van regarding the little space for the cars to move but was attacked after rolling her windows down.

Detective Constable Ben Briselden, who is investigating the attack, said: “Luckily, neither victim suffered any long-term damage; however they have been left extremely shaken by this ordeal, and we are committed to pursuing every viable lead to bring the perpetrator to justice.

“I am very keen to hear from anyone who might have been in or around the area of the attack at 11:30 on Monday, April 8 and could be a potential witness.”

Anyone who has any footage or information that they believe could help with the investigation is asked to call police on 101 and quote CAD 2677/09APR.

Alternatively, please tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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