Withington acid attack: Balaclava-clad pair pounce on young man from hiding spot in garden, causing serious burns

By Glen Keogh

A merciless duo in balaclavas sprayed acid in a young man’s face when they pounced from their hiding spot in his Withington garden on Wednesday.

The helpless victim, 22 is currently in hospital receiving treatment for atrocious burns to his face and eye.

He had just got out of his black BMW on the drive of his home on Arnfield Road at about 12.30am when they sprung at him, sprayed acid in his face and began to chase him down the street – soon giving up.

The dazed and obviously distraught victim wandered over to Withington fire station a short time later where fire officers helped him.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Pester from GMP’s south Manchester division said: “There are a number of lines of enquiry that we are currently investigating, but we believe the victim was deliberately targeted.

“The reason for this horrendous attack is not yet known, but I am certain that neither robbery or burglary were the motive.”

It is not known which direction the attackers headed in and they didn’t steal anything from their victim.

Police officers who attended the scene were also treated at hospital for minor skin irritations and were later discharged.

DCI Pester added: “If anyone witnessed any part of this incident, or saw two men in the Arnfield Road area of Withingtonaround midnight on Wednesday morning, I would ask them to contact my team of detectives at West Didsbury Police Station on 0161 856 4423.

“I am also aware this attack is being talked about in the community, and if you hear any information that you think may assist our investigation, please get in touch with the incident room, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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