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    Danielle Thompson

    A 49-YEAR-OLD man suffered serious burns to his face and eyes when an acid-like substance was thrown on him by a group of youths in Southport town centre.

    Emergency services were called to Hawks-head Street at around 9.35pm last Saturday, to a report that four youths - three males and a female aged 17 to19 - had assaulted the man by punching and kicking him before throwing a corrosive liquid in his face.

    They then left on foot taking the man’s mobile phone and wallet.

    The victim’s condition was described as serious but stable following the incident which police described as ‘shocking but very rare for Merseyside.’

    An investigation into the attack was immediately launched with officers conducting forensics and house to house enquiries. CCTV opportunities are also being explored. Tests have also been carried out on the substance thrown at the victim.

    It is not believed the  man was known to his attackers.

    Following the horrific attack, Merseyside police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the group of youths to come forward. They are also asking any motorists who were in the area around the time the attack took place and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.

    Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan said: “This was a shocking and completely unprovoked attack on a man who was simply walking home.

    “Violent robberies such as this will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and I am sure the local community will agree this is completely unacceptable.

    “I would like to reassure the community that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and patrols in the area have been increased.

    “We are determined to find the people responsible for this and would appeal to anyone with information to call us.”

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0151 777 3823 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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