Police reassure public after Southport robbery

Police are examining CCTV footage of the scene Credit: PA

Merseyside Police have issued a message of reassurance after a man suffered burns to his face after a liquid was thrown at him in a robbery.

Emergency services were called to Hawkshead Street at around 9.35 last night to a report of an assault.

It was reported that four people had assaulted a 49-year-old man by punching and kicking him before throwing an unknown substance in his face. They stole his phone and wallet.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment for burns to his face and eyes, he's said to be in a stable condition.

Police say the attackers were three males and a female aged 17-19.

This was a shocking and completely unprovoked attack on a man who was simply walking home.

Violent robberies such as this will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and I am sure the local community will agree this is completely unacceptable.

I would like to reassure the community that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and patrols in the area have been increased. We are determined to find the people responsible for this and would appeal to anyone with information to call us.

– Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan, Merseyside Police