1. ITV Report

Police probe attack with 'noxious substance' on woman in pub

The Glad Abbot in Bury St Edmunds Credit: Google Street View

A woman's been attacked with a noxious substance in a pub in Bury St Edmunds.

It happened at the Glad Abbot on Glastonbury Road on Friday 22 September at around 11pm.

Two men, one wearing a hooded top and one wearing a baseball cap, entered the pub and threw a noxious substance from a bottle which hit a woman in the face.

The victim, a woman in her thirties, was treated at the scene by East of England ambulance staff and then taken to hospital for further assessment. At this time she has temporarily lost the sight in one eye and is receiving further medical attention.

Work is underway to determine what the substance was. Officers are not treating the incident as a random attack, however the victim is not believed to have been the intended target.

At just after 10pm on the same evening police received a number of calls that two vehicles were driving dangerously on Out Risbygate and Newmarket Road in Bury St Edmunds.

It was reported that two cars, thought to be a blue Ford Fiesta and a Vauxhall Insignia (possibly a white or silver estate) were driving in a dangerous manner and were colliding with each other.

Officers are looking at possible connections between this incident and the attack in the Glastonbury Road.

Staff at the pub put a statement on Facebook saying they were saddened by the attack.

I feel really sad about writing this post while everyone is enjoying their Sunday carvery in our happy and normally safe pub. As some of you may be aware there was an incident in the pub on Friday night which has not only shocked us all but has also affected one of our own for life. I want to reassure that this was a one off down to an absolute idiot who has no soul. We want staff and customers to feel safe at all times and are taking measures to ensure that this continues to happen. Our CCTV has captured the events and Suffolk Constabulary are thoroughly investigating and supporting. I would urge anyone with information, however insignificant or small to please contact them on 101. Again our sincerest apologies to anyone affected or involved and we will be doing everything we can to prevent any future incidents.

– Melanie and the Glad Abbott team
Staff at the Glad Abbot say they're shocked by what happened Credit: ITV Anglia

Witnesses to either incident or anybody who has any information are asked to call CID West on 101 reference 62635/17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at