Man harmed in chemical incident in Essex

A man has suffered serious injuried after what police are calling "harmful liquid" was used in Essex.

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19-year-old arrested on suspicion of assault over chemical attack in Witham

A 19-year-old man from Witham has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with a chemical attack on a 56-year-old man in Essex.

The assault happened in Bramble Road, last Friday at around 10.45am, when the victim had a liquid thrown over him as he went to collect his post.

The man has been taken to Colchester Police Station where he is currently being interviewed by detectives.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

Chemical attack update: Police issue e-fit

Police In Essex have issued an e-fit of a man they want to talk to over a chemical attack left the 56 year old victim with serious burns.

Officers say it looks like he was the victim of mistaken identity.

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Police issue e-fit after chemical attack

Police have issued an e-fit of a suspect they are seeking in connection with an attack on a man in Witham which left the victim with serious chemical burns.

The e-fit is of one of the two suspects that police believe are responsible for the assault - during which an unknown chemical was thrown over the 56-year-old victim.

He remains in hospital receiving treatment for his burns.

Police issue e-fit of man they want to speak to Credit: Essex Police

"We believe this e-fit to bear a strong likeness to the man involved. He had a distinctive braided hairstyle and we are sure if anyone knows this man they will recognise this picture. As we have indicated already the information that we currently have suggests that the victim was not the intended target of this attack. Unfortunately he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time"

– DS Becky Young

The man attacked had gone down to collect his post from the communal entrance to a block of flats in Bramble Road in Witham shortly before 10.45am on Friday August 8 when he encountered the two men banging on the door.

Following a brief exchange the two men threw the liquid, which was in a glass bottle, over the man and ran off.

Man suffered burns after liquid thrown at him

The scene of the attack in Witham Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex say two men caused a man to suffer serious chemical burns after they threw an unknown liquid over him.

The 56 -year-old victim had gone down to collect his post from the communal entrance to a block of flats in Bramble Road in Witham shortly before 10.45am today (Friday 8th August) when he encountered the two men banging on the door.

Following a brief exchange the two men threw the liquid, which was in a glass bottle, over the man and ran off.

He has suffered injuries to his hands and face consistent with the use of a harmful liquid. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening but are potentially life changing.

The information that we have currently gathered suggests that the victim was not the intended target of this attack. Unfortunately he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The two suspects are described as a white man and a black man and if anyone saw them, either in the area prior to this attack or afterwards, we would urgently like to speak to them. Police are conducting investigations at the scene but a cordon initially put in place in the road has now been released.

– Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, Braintree CID

Man hurt in chemical incident

The scene in Witham Credit: Serena Sandhu

A man has suffered serious injuries after what police are calling "harmful liquid" was used in Witham in Essex.

Six fire engines and ambulance crews were sent to Bramble Road just after half ten.

Police found a man with injuries to his hands and face that were consistent with the use of what they're calling a "harmful liquid".

His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening but they're described as potentially life changing.

It's thought that the injured man was the victim of an attack.

Crews at the scene Credit: Serena Sandhu
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