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Schoolgirl, 13, and woman, 63, squirted with sulphuric acid by white van man in road rage attack

A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl and woman were injured after a man in a white van squirted them with sulphuric acid in a road rage attack in South London.

Police are now searching for the "chubby" man who unleashed the assault that saw the two women rushed to hospital.

Met Police said the pair had been driving along County Road towards Highbury Avenue on April 8 when the white van started to drive towards them in Thornton Heath.

The 63-year-old woman then tried to move into a space in front of a parked motorbike to let him pass – with the van then moving parallel to them about 11.30am.

The woman unwound the window to speak to the van driver but before she could speak, was squirted with liquid from a plastic bottle.

Both the woman and 13-year-old girl were rushed to hospital, where their injuries were luckily deemed as non-life threatening.

The suspect sped off along County Road before turning onto Norbury Road.

London Fire Brigade later found the substance thrown at the pair was sulphuric acid.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time to review any CCTV or dashcam footage they may hold that could help with their investigation.

The victims have described the suspect as a white man, around 40 years old of chubby build, with ginger/grey hair and beard, and brown eyes. At the time of the offence, he was wearing a black jumper.

Detective Constable Ben Briselden, who is investigating the attack, said: "Luckily, neither victim suffered any long-term damage; however they have been left extremely shaken by this ordeal, and we are committed to pursuing every viable lead to bring the perpetrator to justice.

"I am very keen to hear from anyone who might have been in or around the area of the attack at 11:30hrs on Monday, 8 April and could be a potential witness."

Anyone who has any footage or information that they believe could help with the investigation is asked to call police on 101 and quote CAD 2677/09APR.

Alternatively, please tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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