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Couple suffer burns following suspected acid attack in Daventry

Two men on a moped pulled up beside the victims Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected acid attack on a couple in Daventry by two men on a moped.

It happened this afternoon (Saturday, August 26) after a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman had a noxious substance, believed to be acid, squirted at them as they stood at a zebra crossing in Park Leys.

The men pulled up beside the victims and then flicked a noxious substance at them.

One of the offenders then produced a machete before they drove off.

The man suffered burns to his forehead and the woman to her legs and have been transferred to Northampton General Hospital.

The rider of the moped is described as wearing grey joggers, trainers, a cream-coloured hoodie and a white helmet.

The passenger was white and had dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

The substance used is now under analysis to determine what it was.

This was an extremely harrowing incident for the two victims who were making their way home after a night out.

We would urge people to be extremely vigilant to this type of incident which, as evidence suggests, is becoming increasingly common in this country.

We are appealing for anyone who has information to contact us. We are particularly keen to trace a moped which was seen in London Road at 12.45am as well as in other parts of the town centre around the time of this attack.

– Det Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, of Northamptonshire Police
  • Anyone with information should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting incident 53 of August 26, or call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.