Woman Left With Severe Facial Burns

8 May 2012, 11:51 | Updated: 8 May 2012, 11:53

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in Luton on Saturday, May 5th.

The 38 year old victim had been shopping with her two teenage daughters in the Asda Store on Wigmore Lane at approximately 1pm when the incident happened.

The victim was walking out of the store when a man nudged her left shoulder and sprayed an unknown substance at her face.

An ambulance was called and the victim was taken to hospital suffering from severe burns to her face and may require further treatment.

The offender is described as a 6’ tall man, with a skinny build, wearing a silver motorbike helmet with a black visor, a knee length black zip and button up jacket, black woollen gloves, blue jeans and black training shoes.

Detective Constable Phil Raikes, investigating, is keen to trace anyone who saw the incident or the offender.

DC Raikes said: “This seems to be an unprovoked assault and we need anyone who was in the area and saw what happened to speak to the police. We know the man left the scene on foot towards a nearby housing estate at the far end of the car park and residents may have seen the man either arriving or leaving the scene. I am also keen to speak with two women who were in their early 20s who spoke to the victim immediately after the incident. These people could be important witnesses and may have information that could help this investigating.  I would urge these women or anyone else with information to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information about this incident can contact DC Raikes, in confidence, on 01582 473288, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.