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Man and woman assaulted in suspected acid attack

Diarmúid Pepper

A male and female were injured in a suspected ‘acid attack’ which occurred in the Sugar Island area of Newry on Friday afternoon.

At around 4:20pm, a man and a woman, who were in a black SAAB car, got out of their vehicle and approached a grey Volkswagen which was parked in the area.  They smashed a window of the Volkswagen and the woman who emerged from the black SAAB is reported to have thrown some type of substance at the male and female who were inside the Volkswagen.

The pair then took off but a 33-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of common assault and criminal damage.

A 28-year-old female was also arrested on suspicion of common assault and other traffic-related offences. Both have since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady said that news of a suspected ‘acid attack’ has horrified everyone in the community.

He added: “This type of attack can kill or permanently disfigure a person, and anyone carrying out such an act needs to be apprehended and removed from our streets. 

I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with the Police immediately.”

In a statement released following the incident, PSNI Inspector John Downey said that the substance was “not believed to be a corrosive substance”.

He added that both occupants of the Volkswagen attended hospital for treatment of injuries which are not believed to be serious. 

Inspector Downey appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have been in the area and captured it on their dash cam, to assist the investigation by calling the police on 101, quoting reference number 1350 08/11/19.