Published on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 1:24 pm.

Police appeal after Man has caustic soda thrown in his face

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Police have eleased e-fit images of two men they would like to speak to following a report that a 47 year-old man was assaulted in Lee-on-the-Solent on Tuesday, May 3.

The victim reported that he was approached by two men on the High Street as he was leaving for work at around 4am. During the assault an unknown liquid was thrown in the victims face.

He described the first man as:
• White.
• Around 5ft 8ins tall.
• Medium build.
• Blue eyes.
• Dark hair.
• He had a beard around his jaw line.
• Aged in his early twenties.
• He was wearing a blue or black tracksuit with a QPR emblem on the left shoulder, and white trainers.
• He had black dots tattooed on his fingers.
• He spoke with a strong Scottish accent.

The victim described the second man as:
• White.
• 5ft 3ins tall.
• Aged in his late teens.
• He had red cheeks and was clean shaven.
• He had pierced ears and was wearing studs.
• He was wearing blue jeans, a black and white striped collared shirt under a black hooded bomber jacket
• He spoke with a slight Scottish accent.

Investigating Officer DS David West said: “I am issuing two e-fit images in the hope of speaking to these two men about this incident. We have spoken again to the victim who has updated the descriptions we had previously issued to help us to prepare these images.

“The investigation is progressing to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened and specialist resources from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were deployed as a precaution to enable officers to identify the nature of the liquid that the victim described. Preliminary examination of samples recovered from the scene suggests that the liquid was Sodium Hydroxide, which is also known as caustic soda. This substance does not present a wider risk to the local community.

“The victim was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries to his face, where he remains.

“I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time to contact us as they may be able to assist our investigation”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101

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