Worcester – VIJAY SHAH via HARLEY TAMPLIN and Metro
A three-year-old child was the deliberately-targeted victim of a shocking acid attack in the English town of Worcester, leaving the boy with severe injuries, according to local police in a report published by online paper Metro today.
West Mercia police, say that the child was attacked intentionally, but as this was a breaking news story, there have so far been no details published as to the motive or circumstances of the attack. The horrific incident took place yesterday late afternoon while the child was with guardians at a Home Bargains store at the Shrub Hill Retail Park in Tallow Hill, a district of the normally peaceful town. The child was ferried to a local hospital with serious burns to his arms and face.
Police sources have released CCTV camera footage of three men in casual summer clothing they urgently need to speak to. The images can be found on the Metro article linked below this one.
Officers have arrested one suspect, a 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and is now in police custody.
Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.”
‘The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible. ‘At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear.
‘Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.
‘The three men in the photo may have information vital to our investigation. I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
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“Boy, 3, left with serious injuries after ‘deliberate’ acid attack” – Harley Tamplin, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (22 July 2018) https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/22/boy-3-seriously-injured-deliberate-acid-attack-7745481/?ito=twitter
“SO8555 : Shrub Hill Retail Park, Worcester” – Jaggery, geograph (29 July 2017) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5491172 © Copyright Jaggery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.