UPDATE: Crawley acid attack ‘was not random’


Police say an acid attack on a man in Crawley was ‘targeted’.

A 22-year-old man was attacked by two men just after 7pm in Lyon Close, Maidenbower, on Tuesday (April 8).

He had the chemical poured over his face and hands. The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and was discharged early today (Wednesday April 9).

His attackers drove off in a white Vauxhall Astra van along Harper Drive.

Detective Sergeant Dave Morton said: “We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident or who may have seen two black men wearing hi-viz tops in a white Vauxhall Astra van in the area before or after the attack.

“The motive for this attack is still being investigated but we are confident it was targeted and can reassure the public that it was not random.”

Call police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Orlop or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.