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Unprovoked acid attack leaves victim scarred for life

Two men have admitted their part in an acid attack which caused the victim life-changing injuries.

Samir Hussain had sulphuric acid thrown in his face outside a cinema at Crawley in Sussex, leaving him needing plastic surgery. He was lucky not to be blinded.

A court in Brighton heard the attack was completely unprovoked, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Acid attack victim named as mum-of-six Carla Whitlock

Carla Whitlock suffered burns to her face, neck and arms. Credit: Tim Stewart News Limited

The 37-year-old woman who suffered horrific burns in an acid attack in Southampton on Friday night has been named as mum-of-six Carla Whitlock.

She suffered significant burns to her face, neck and arms and may end up losing her sight following the attack in Guildhall Square.

Brothers, Billy and Geoffrey Midmore are being hunted by police. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Police have appealed to friends of the main suspects, brothers, Billy and Geoffrey Midmore to turn them in.

Police issue fresh appeal to trace acid attack brothers

Billy and Geoffrey Midmore are wanted in connection with an acid attack. Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have this afternoon issued a fresh appeal to trace two brothers wanted in connection with an acid attack in Southampton.

A 37-year-old woman suffered burns to her face during the attack in Guildhall Square at about 9pm on Friday, September 18th.

Officers are trying to find 22-year-old Billy Nathan Midmore and 26-year-old Geoffrey Christopher Midmore who are both from London but have links to Southampton and Basingstoke.

Billy and Geoffrey are well known in Southampton. I'd like to appeal to anyone who socialises with them - come and tell us where they are. Just think, what if this was your sister, what if was your mum or a member of your family. If you knew something, would you stay quiet?

– Acting Detective Inspector Will Whale

Two men charged over acid attack

Two men have been charged after an acid attack in Crawley.

The attack took place between 1am and 1.30am on Sunday 30th August in the car park at Crawley Leisure Park. The victim, a 27-year-old man, had acid thrown over him.

Lee Bates who's 25, and a groundsman of Halston Close in London, and Michael McPherson, 26 of Aldrington Road, London have been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, assault and GBH with intent.

McPherson has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on the 9th of October.

Bates has been bailed and will appear at the same time


Acid attack: Police hunt for suspects after acid was thrown over man outside a Sussex cinema

Acid attack outside Cineworld in Crawley

A 27-year-old man who had acid thrown in his face outside a cinema has 'potentially life threatening injuries' according to police.

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning after a confrontation inside Cineworld in Crawley during a screening of hip-hop biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'.

Laura Diamond from Sussex Police has appealed for help in tracing two men:

Police appeal - Acid attack in cinema carpark

Police appeal following acid attack Credit: Google streetview

A 27-year-old man has been left with "potentially life-changing" injuries during an acid attack outside a cinema in West Sussex.

The incident is thought to have started during a screening on hip-hop film 'Straight Outta Compton' at Cineworld in Crawley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Detective Sergeant Laura Diamond, of Crawley CID, said: "This was an isolated but nevertheless nasty and unprovoked assault.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen an altercation either within the cinema or later in the car park outside."

Information can be emailed on or telephoned to 101, quoting serial 120 of 30/08.

Alternatively people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their names on 0800 555 111.

Acid attack on 27-year-old in a cinema car park

A 27-year-old man is in hospital after an acid attack in a cinema car park in West Sussex.

It happened at the Crawley Leisure Complex, outside Cineworld, at around 1am on Sunday.

The victim, from Redhill, was taken to the East Surrey Hospital for treatment. Because of his injuries, he was later transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, for specialist care.

It is thought the incident may have started when the victim and another man, 29, also from Redhill, were inside the cinema.

The suspects are two white men in their late 20s or early 30s. One had dark short hair and a beard and was wearing a bag across his shoulder. The other was wearing a white / light grey hoody and jeans. Both were in a dark-coloured Peugeot car.

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Woman badly hurt in acid attack

A 22-year-old woman who had acid thrown in her face is being treated in a specialist burns unit for "serious facial burns," police have said.

A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in the attack, which happened in Sandown on the Isle of Wight in the early hours of yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said, "Police believe this is an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone else in relation to this attack."

A 24-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed until next week pending further inquiries.

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