Police appeal for information after attackers spray man with noxious substance in Leeds

Detectives are appealing for information following an incident in Leeds where a man had a noxious substance thrown in his face.

The incident occurred shortly after 2pm on Tuesday, when two suspects on a motorbike approached the victim and the passenger sprayed a substance in his face.

The victim, a 55-year-old man, was sleeping rough outside the Today’s Local convenience store at the junction of Harehills Lane and Coldcotes Avenue in Harehills.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment, and his injuries were found not to be serious and he is continuing to receive medical care.

Testing has found that the substance used was not acid and is believed to have been a substance similar to bleach.

The two suspects, who had their faces covered, were on a silver Honda 125cc scooter, registration BJ56 HTD, that was stolen on October 1 in Wakefield.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District Crimes Investigation Department, said: “We are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident and to identify those responsible.

 “There is no obvious motive at this stage as to why the victim was targeted and we are treating this as an isolated incident.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack or who has any information that could assist in identifying the suspects.”

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