Manchester woman threatened with acid and punched in face by gang who forced way into Blackley home

By Ben Ireland

Vicious intruders threatened to throw acid in a woman’s face after barging into her Blackley home yesterday.

The 28-year-old was punched in the face when she opened her front door shortly after midnight after hearing a noise outside her Howden Road home, which she thought was her partner.

When inside, three assailants showed her a plastic bottle they said contained acid, and demanded keys.

Greater Manchester Police Detective Sergeant Chris Flint said: “The victim is at a loss to explain why her house was targeted and we are working hard to establish the motive for this incident.

“What is clear is that some very disturbing threats were made to her and we are appealing to anyone with information about the offenders or who saw anyone in the area at the time to contact us.”

The victim, who had her mobile phone stolen, said she does not own a car so was unsure which keys the three offenders were referring to.

Extra officers have been deployed in the area, and police are asking for people with any information to speak to a neighbourhood officer or call in absolute confidence.

Detective Sergeant Flint added that authorities cannot be sure what exactly was inside the bottle, but said the threat to throw acid at someone was ‘extremely unusual’.

She described one intruder as a pale white male in his mid-20s, wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.

A mid-20s 5ft 9in slim black male and a slim white man of the same height were also described to police.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3882, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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