Police are insisting the Salford acid attack on a mother with her baby was unprovoked and are reassuring the public in an attempt to avoid any backlash.
The attacker threw acid on the Cameroonian mother, 29, as she pushed her six-month-old baby in Salford along Broad Street, Pendleton, before the white male sexually and racially insulted her and threw a corrosive liquid on her back and chest.
The baby was uninjured but the mother suffered burns and received treatment at hospital.
Superintendent of Operations Mark Kenny told MM: “This was an unprovoked attack and one which we are treating very seriously as a race hate attack.
“There is no obvious motive for this extremely rare crime and we are appealing to the public who were nearby to help us with this investigation.”
The police are reassuring the Salford public that this incident is infrequent and that it is not linked to the Boxing Day shooting of Indian student Anuj Bidve.
“We are working closely with the community to ensure racial crime is treated very seriously and that this incident remains a one-off to ensure there is no backlash.
“We want to improve on the 41% of race hate incidents where criminals are brought to justice.”
Detective Constable Jim Harris from Salford CID said: “I would urge anyone who may have seen this man running away from the subway or may have witnessed the attack to contact police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5097 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.