Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

Updated: Witham road cordoned off after man suffers potentially life-changing injuries consistent with a ‘harmful liquid’

Chemical spill in Bramble Road, Witham

Chemical spill in Bramble Road, Witham

Archant

A man, who police believe was not the intended victim, has suffered life-changing injuries after a harmful liquid was thrown in his face by two men.

The 56-year-old victim was collecting post from the communal entrance to his block of flats in Witham when he was confronted by the two men banging on the front door.

After a brief exchange the two suspects threw the liquid from a glass bottle over the victim before running off.

Police believe it was a case of mistaken identity with the man being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ambulance workers called police to the incident on a path off Bramble Road, at 10.45am yesterday while they were treating the man for chemical burns to his hands and face.

The Essex Air Ambulance landed at the scene but the man was subsequently taken to Broomfield Hospital by land ambulance for treatment.

A Hazardous Area Response Team from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, based at Great Notley, was also sent to the scene.

The area was cordoned off as six fire crews from Colchester, Chelmsford, Maldon and Witham joined the other emergency services to make the area safe following the chemical incident.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers attended to find that the man had suffered injuries consistent with the use of a harmful liquid.

“The man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening but are potentially life-changing.

“Police are conducting investigations at the scene to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident. An area of the road was cordoned off while police carried out forensic examinations and to ensure the safety of members of the public.”

Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, of Braintree CID, said: “The information that we have currently gathered suggests that the victim was not the intended target of this attack. Unfortunately he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The two suspects are described as a white man and a black man and if anyone saw them, either in the area prior to this attack or afterwards, we would urgently like to speak to them.”

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Bill Rose, deputy mayor of Witham and town councillor for the area, said: “Normally Witham is pretty good, we don’t suffer from any more crime than other towns our size and we may even be better.

“The police are very good and we feel safe in our homes and on our streets. When I talk to residents fear of crime is not something that comes to mind.

“Something like this is unusual.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Essex Police officers at Braintree CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Highways England chiefs have closed the Orwell Bridge this morning after Met Office forecasters warned of gusts of up to 65mph on the A14.

A family have paid tribute to the “fearless” and “fun loving” Katie Bent, who died after a crash in Bardwell.

Emergency services are evacuating 64 homes after concerns a building may collapse in Greenstead Road, Colchester.

Suffolk police have received more than 130 weather related calls reporting fallen trees and downed power cables as Storm Doris blasts the country.

Hundreds of people are without power, cables have come down close to a school, parks have been closed and trees have fallen in parts of west Suffolk.

Power cuts and fallen trees are causing disruption to homes, businesses, roads and railways across Essex today as high winds hit the county from Storm Doris.

An inspirational community project in Ipswich which is saving thousands of kilos of edible food from going to landfill has picked up national recognition after being featured on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme on Wednesday.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24