Further Appeal Over Noxious Substance Incident, Harehills Lane, Leeds.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information following an incident in Leeds where a man had a noxious substance thrown in his face.
Shortly after 2pm yesterday (8/10), the victim, a 55-year-old man, was sleeping rough outside the Today’s Local convenience store at the junction of Harehills Lane and Coldcotes Avenue in Harehills.
Two suspects on a motorbike approached him before the pillion passenger sprayed a substance in his face.
The victim ran to the nearby Asda store for help and was given first aid by staff before an ambulance attended.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries were found not to be serious and he is continuing to receive medical care.
Testing has found that the substance used was not acid and is believed to have been a substance similar to bleach.
The two suspects, who had their faces covered, were on a silver Honda 125cc scooter, registration BJ56 HTD, that was stolen on October 1 in Wakefield.
Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident and to identify those responsible.
“While we have been able to confirm that the substance used was not acid, the nature of the attack is still a clear cause for concern and we are treating it very seriously.
“There is no obvious motive at this stage as to why the victim was targeted and we are treating this as an isolated incident.
“We are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack or who has any information that could assist in identifying the suspects.
“The silver Honda scooter the suspects used was stolen in Wakefield on October 1 and we would like to hear from anyone that has seen it either in the Harehills area yesterday or at any point since it was stolen.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190516827 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
At 2.14pm today (8/10) police were called to an incident where a man had had a noxious substance thrown in his face near to the Today’s Local store, in Harehills Lane, Leeds.
The man has been taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment. He is not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.
A cordon has been put in place at the scene to undergo forensic examination.
Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “Our enquiries are at a very early stage and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 992 of October 8.