Three injured in ‘acid attack’ as ‘noxious substance thrown near Tesco’

Three injured in ‘acid attack’ as ‘noxious substance thrown near Tesco’

February 3, 2019

Three people have been injured in a suspected acid attack allegedly carried out when two men on a motorbike smashed a car window and splashed the victims.

The men on the motorbike threw a "noxious substance" at the car – injuring the driver, passenger and a bystander – near a Tesco Express in Dartford, Kent, according to reports.

Kent Police were called to Keyes Road at about 3.40pm on Sunday and sealed off a large area around the supermarket.

A police spokesman said a "noxious substance" was thrown in the direction of the car, and it is being treated as an "isolated incident".

A woman who lives nearby told Mirror Online that it is believed the incident began at the Tesco Express in Henderson Drive and escalated from there with one person being sprayed in the eyes.

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She said: "Two boys on the moped smashed a car window and when they were stopped they sprayed the victim’s eye.

"There were of emergency vehicles – police and fire and ambulance attending the scene.

"I saw them all go past my flat."

Police set up a cordon outside the Tesco Express, and closed a section of road with cones and a police car, Kent Live reported.

Pedestrian pathways around the shop were sealed off with police tape.

Those who were taken to hospital were the car’s driver, a passenger and a person who was standing near the vehicle.

One of the three has since been released from hospital.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police is investigating reports of an assault with a noxious substance in Dartford.

"At around 3.40pm on Sunday officers were called to a location in Keyes Road, Dartford.

"It is alleged that a noxious substance was thrown in the direction of a car by two men riding a motorcycle.

"The driver of the car has been taken to hospital, along with a passenger and a member of the public who was close the vehicle.

"One person has since been discharged."

"It is being treated as an isolated incident.

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 03-1016."

Mirror Online has contacted Tesco for comment.

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