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Man attacked with acid after confrontation at 'Straight Outta Compton' movie screening

The attack took place after a confrontation during a screening of the film Straight Outta Compton Credit: AP/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

An acid attack following a confrontation during a screening of the movie Straight Outta Compton has left a 27-year-old man with "potentially life-changing" injuries.

The victim, from Redhill, had been watching the hip-hop biopic, about American rap group NWA from Compton in California, at Cineworld in Crawley, West Sussex on Sunday.

Police said that the incident is thought to have started when the victim and another man, aged 29 and also from Redhill, had an altercation during the screening.

A man had acid thrown over him in a car park outside Cineworld in Crawley. Credit: Google Maps

When he left the cinema between 1am and 1.30am, he was approached in the car park and had acid thrown over him.

The victim was taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment but because of "potentially life-changing injuries" from the corrosive liquid, he was transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for specialist care.

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.

– Detective Sergeant Laura Diamond, Crawley CID

Police are searching for two suspects described as white men in their late 20s or early 30s who were both in a dark-coloured Peugeot.

One had dark short hair and beard and was wearing a bag across his shoulder and the other was wearing a white or light grey hoody and jeans.

Information can be emailed on or telephoned to 101, quoting serial 120 of 30/08 or reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.