Dartford Noxious Substance Attack Latest

5 February 2019, 17:55 | Updated: 5 February 2019, 17:57

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Police have released more details about a noxious substance attack in Dartford.

Officers say a 23-year-old man was with a 16-year-old relative on Sunday afternoon.

After getting cash out at an ATM at a supermarket, the man drove out of the car park and stopped his Ford Fiesta in Keyes Road.

Around half an hour later, two men approached on a moped, opened the driver's door and sprayed him and the passenger with substance.

As the victim drove away from the scene, a third man in his 30s, got out of a Jaguar after stopping in the road.

The suspects sprayed the noxious substance in his direction, some of it landed on him.

The two victims in the Fiesta managed to travel to a nearby address and the emergency services were called.

All three were taken to hospital.

Two have since been discharged but the driver of the Fiesta remains in hospital for further treatment.

Officers have conducted house-to-house enquiries and CCTV is currently being reviewed.

The substance has been tested, and the results are pending.

The suspects are described as being two young males who were wearing dark clothing, motorcycle helmets with tinted visors and leather gloves.

They were using a black moped that was not displaying a number plate.

Detective Inspector Chris Dovey, who is overseeing the investigation into the assault, said: 'We would like to ask motorists who were in the area at around the time of the incident to view their dashcam footage to see if they have captured two men riding a black moped without a number plate.

"Any footage they may have, regardless of the quality, could be important to the investigation.

"The victim has sustained serious injuries which potentially could be life changing and we are conducting a number of enquiries to find out who is responsible for this serious assault.

"We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry and are reviewing CCTV footage.

"We do not underestimate the impact that assaults of this nature has on a community and as a result extra officers will be patrolling the Temple Hill area over the coming weeks.

"If anyone has any information that may help us with our investigation, I would ask they get in contact with us."

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 01474 366149. quoting reference 03-1016.