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Appeal for witnesses following corrosive attack in High Wycombe

Alert message sent 01/11/2018 14:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a corrosive attack in High Wycombe yesterday evening (31/10).

The victim was at home in Bevelwood Gardens at about 7.45pm last night when there was a knock at the door. He answered the door and there was someone dressed as a ghost, in a white sheet with eye holes cut out.

The victim assumed the person was a trick or treater for Halloween, but the offender then threw two cups of liquid over the victim. The liquid was pink in colour, and has been confirmed as high strength corrosive substance.

The victim sustained burns to his face and feet, and was treated at Wycombe General Hospital but has since been discharged.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant David Mitchell of Force CID based at Aylesbury police station, said: “This is a worrying attack involving a liquid, which has been established by our colleagues at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service as a high strength corrosive substance.

“Although the victim sustained burns to his face and feet, thankfully these were not too serious and he is now recovering, having been treated by staff at Wycombe General Hospital.

“We are making an appeal today to anyone who has any information about the incident to come forward. Did you see anything suspicious in Bevelwood Gardens at about 7.45pm last night, such as someone running in the area, or has someone told you something about the incident?

“We would also like to hear from anyone who has any footage that may aid our investigation; whether it’s from a smart doorbell, mobile phone, CCTV or dashcam.

“If you have any information please let us know by using our online form, or by calling 101 and quote reference number 1431 (31/10).

“Alternatively, if you don’t want to speak to the police then contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111."

Deputy Local Policing Area Commander for High Wycombe, Chief Inspector Graham Hadley said: “I understand that this incident will cause concern in the local community, but I can reassure you that we are conducting a thorough investigation to find the perpetrator. We will be conducting house to house enquiries in the area and obtaining and reviewing CCTV.

“We believe this is an isolated incident and there have been no other similar reports to the Force.

“There is a scenewatch in place in Bevelwood Gardens and there will be increased police patrols in the area over the next few days, so if you have any concerns or information please speak to one of our officers.”
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Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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