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8 January 2013, 14:49
A man has attacked a woman with a piece of glass and poured bleach into her mouth in Haverhill.
Suffolk Police have started an investigation after the attack on Leather Lane at around 9:45am yesterday (Monday).
The 18 year old victim was walking along the lane when a man approached her from behind.
The man tugged on her handbag and pulled her towards a fence, before using shard of glass to scratch her.
He also took a bottle from a bag and squirted a liquid, believed to be bleach, into her mouth.
The victim then managed to run home after the attacker was disturbed by a noise behind him.
Police say the woman has been checked over by a Doctor and does not need any more medical treatment.
The man is described as white, aged 40 to 50 years, 6ft tall and of slim build; he had short dark curly hair and was clean-shaven.
He wore a dark blue long sleeved hooded top, straight blue denim jeans and trainers.
He also wore black fleece gloves and carried a blue shopping bag.
DC Jenny Gant from Bury St Edmunds CID said: "This is an unusual assault where we will be making further enquiries to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
It is important that we hear from anyone who was in the area who may have seen this man."
Anybody with information about the attack is asked to call DC Jenny Gant on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.