1. ITV Report

Man attacked with fire extinguisher

Do you recognise this car? Photo: South Yorkshire Police

A search for a group of people after a man was attacked at a service station in Doncaster.

A 51-year-old man from Scawsby was at the Sun Service Station on York Road at around 3:45am on Saturday 22 September. While he was stood outside the service window a car, with at least three people inside, pulled up. One of them got out and allgedly sprayed a dry powder fire extinguisher from the forecourt in his face, before getting back into the car and driving off.

Two people poured water into the man's eyes and mouth to help him breathe until the ambulance arrived. He was then taken to hospital, where he was treated for burns on the inside of his nose and throat, and breathing difficulties.

The attacker is described as white, in his late teens or early twenties and approximately 5'10' tall. He is thin with short brown hair.

This was a nasty assault which could have proved fatal had those gentlemen not intervened. It is important that they please come forward and identify themselves so they can help us with the investigation.

– Fiona Ginbey, Crime Management Unit Investigator

Fire extinguishers are there to protect people and property. Inappropriate use puts people’s safety at risk, and can be very dangerous.

– South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson

Anyone who has any information related to this incident should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 239 of the 22 September 2012 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.