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Man in hospital after suspected acid attack in Salford

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A man was rushed to hospital after a gang of robbers hurled a liquid feared to be acid in his face.

Police confirmed he suffered injuries to his eyes and face during the attack in Pendlebury, Salford.

The man, aged in his 20s, was walking alone along a pathway in Silverdale Country Park, off Bolton Road, when he was grabbed from behind.

The substance was then thrown in his face before a struggle broke out in bushes. The man’s rucksack was taken.

Police confirmed officers responded to reports of an acid attack at around 2pm yesterday and said more than one offender was involved in the robbery.

The full circumstances are under investigation and an appeal for witnesses has been issued.

The attack follows a spate of shocking acid attacks in London and comes as tough new guidelines were announced by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Thugs who carry acid in the street could face up to four years in prison and those who throw acid could face a life sentence whether a target is hit or not.

A witness to the Salford attack said he saw police and paramedics near the park’s Clively Avenue entrance.

He said: “We heard a lad was walking through and was attacked. He was dragged into the bushes and someone stole his bag.”

The North West Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to Whitehead Road, but police said officers attended City Walk.

The streets are separated by the park and run into each other.

The man’s condition in hospital isn’t believed to be life-threatening. He hasn’t been named.

Paramedics confirmed he was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “There was an incident with a male patient who was taken to Salford Royal Hospital. We treated a patient at the scene.”

Details of his exact injuries or treatment administered haven’t been revealed.

Police said: “Shortly after 2pm on Friday, August 4, police were called to City Walk, Pendlebury, to reports of an acid attack.

“A man in his 20s suffered injuries to his eyes and face and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

No arrests have been made. The police spokesman added: “Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1118 of August 4, 2017, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police were called to City Walk in Pendlebury on Friday afternoon Credit: Googlemaps

Rocker devastated after seven of guitars are stolen from flat

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A musician has spoken of his devastation after burglars snatched seven of his guitars in a £17,000 raid at his Salford flat.

Tim Smith, 24, was came home and found thieves had stolen his most prized possessions.

He is having to borrow guitars from friends so he can perform with his hard rock band, The Ninja Report.

Police are now investigating, while Tim scouring music shops and trading websites in a desperate bid to retrieve the seven stolen guitars.

An amplifier, effects pedals and two Macbook laptops were also taken. Tim, a part-time hotel worker, discovered his flat at Linen Court near Salford University had been ransacked when he arrived home from a trip on July 28.

He noticed four of his guitars had been taken from a display stand and three others, which had been stowed away in their cases, had also been swiped. Burglars also took the keys for Tim’s flatmate’s Vauxhall Corsa - and it is believed they used the vehicle to load up the valuables and drive away.

In all, goods worth £17,000 were stolen in the raid. The Corsa was later found abandoned, minus the valuables.

“I almost haven’t properly processed this yet.

“It sounds weird to non-musicians, but musicians will understand - it’s as if I have lost a pet.

“These guitars are part of me and they are my livelihood, I modified them myself. It’s heartbreaking.

“I’ve made them mine so they play for me best. They are going to be almost impossible to replace. They’re guitars I’ve grown up with.

It’s so disheartening. To be honest, I’ve been having trouble sleeping. It’s really hit me.”

– Tim Smith

The guitars the thieves stole are: A heavily modified Epiphone Les Paul in a yellow and red sunburst and with birdseye maple top, which Tim bought 12 years ago An ESP LTD Ninja 600 in black which was an 18th birthday present. A second ESP LTD Ninja 600 in red A Fender Stratocaster in yellow and red A seven string PRS SE in bright purple An Ibanez EW series acoustic guitar which he bought four years ago An ESP EX in black Also stolen was a Victory V30 Countess amplifier and two effects units, a Line 6 and a Boss GT8. Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call GMP on 101, quoting incident number 921 of July 28 - or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Salford residents angry and face uncertainty about their homes

Residents in Salford say they're angry and face uncertainty about the safety of their homes as work to strip potentially dangerous cladding from nine tower blocks continues.

The council claims they'll spend tens of millions of pounds to get the buildings up to the correct fire safety standards.

They hope to recoup that money through legal action. A new cladding system is currently being tested in Dubai.

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